Weaving (literally) a personal narrative

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Kathie Roig.
By Page Leggett

No detail is too small to escape the attention of fiber artist Kathie Roig. “As a young girl, I remember finding patterns in the quilt my grandmother made,” she says. “I still pay attention to detail and pattern.”

As a kid, she was always making things – “from clothes for my dolls, to things out of clay, to painting with watercolors.” She also spent a lot of time outdoors. She recalls “catching tadpoles in the creek and climbing trees to read a favorite book.” The natural world is still an inspiration. So are her surroundings and events. After 9/11, she wove a piece called “No One Told the Leaves.”

The Charlotte (by way of Columbus, Ohio) resident earned a degree in visual arts from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. But it was only after graduation that she discovered weaving.

It’s the art form one of her artistic idols, Anni Albers, mastered. Kathie especially appreciates this Albers quote: “Usefulness does not prevent a thing, anything, from being art.”

Kathie’s work has appeared in juried and invitational shows, and she taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C. from 2009 through 2016. 

She craves order in her studio. Before she begins, she removes all visual clutter and puts on music – Buddy Miller; Over the Rhine; Patty Griffin; and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young are all on her current play list.

Being chosen as a CSA artist helps shine a spotlight on Kathie’s art form. She says: “Handweaving can be a way of personal expression.”