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Meditative Art

As a part of our #WiltWIP campaign, we have partnered with women who inspire us across the country. We recognize them as pioneers and those that know the rules well enough that they can break them. This culture of creativity is something we share with this unique group of women across an array of fascinating trades, and we’re looking forward to telling their story. They are in many ways versions of ourselves, but are also carving out their own path through their work, without further adieu meet Emily.

EMILY KATZ IS A LEADER in the world of macramé revival. Making old trends new again with her highly skilled technique and deep rooted design aesthetic.

Based in Portland, Oregon, Emily travels the country to lead workshops on macrame art, and holds courses online, available via her website, modernmacrame.com. She brings a sense of betterment to all that she instructs, and embraces the therapeutic power of crafting something by hand and from the heart. Read more of Emily’s story below.

How did you get your start?

I dropped out of art school when I was 19 and started two clothing lines. I did all of the art direction, styling, designing and sewing. I was running my business as a young 20-something, not really knowing what I was doing. I quit that in 2008 and wasn’t sure what I was going to be doing with my life and career.

I then planned a trip to visit my mom. My parents divorced when I was pretty young, so I didn’t really have a relationship with my mom. But I knew that she had made plant hangers in the 70s and sold them in a salon to raise money to buy a 1976 Martin acoustic guitar. When I visited her I was set on learning macrame. I thought of it as an opportunity for us to connect and to have something in common.

Would you classify yourself as a ‘macrame artist?’

I call myself an inspiration expert. I feel like the macrame is a vehicle for people, especially when they’re learning, to be able to reconnect with themselves and slow down. It’s almost meditative, I think of it more like a lifestyle experience. I’m many things. I’m creative director, I’m owner, I’m social media person, I’m manager, I’m artist. I’m all of the above.

Where do you garner inspiration?

I really love the fiber arts from the 70s. I really enjoy looking at the textile art that came before and then putting a modern twist on it. I’m also really inspired by interior design. Different eras are coming back into style, and it shows in all these other ways.

What is your creative process like?

I’m a pretty whimsical designer, I’m not a real planner about how I work. I have to do some measuring and math to see how large the piece is going to be, and that determines how much rope I’m going to need. Once I have that, I’ll then put the rope on the frame. I actually have this hanging system in my studio. It’s a beautiful piece of driftwood that I stand at, I like to stand while I work. I usually listen to an audiobook or music on my headphones and get into the zone.

If I’m just making something that doesn’t necessarily have a specific home, then I’ll kind of just go for it and play. I’ll do a lot of repetitive patterns and I’ll just start the knotwork. The knotwork is just using four ropes and you tie them in a specific pattern. I mostly work with one pattern, which is called square knot, and it’s the basis for most of my work. There are probably 70 knots out there, but I almost exclusively use one. It’s the one that my mom taught me. Since then, I’ve learned how to do other knots, but I almost always go back to that one.

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The Influencers

Classically trained in pattern making and draping, Roxanne Heptner founded Wilt in 2009 on a mission to create a line of beautifully shaped, uncomplicated tees. Wilt garments are made with a tailor’s attention to detail and our finishing and coloration processes give every garment a unique look. Knowing the rules has allowed us to break them. From sketches, to pinning, to production, Wilt is centered around a creative process that speaks to its true craft.

Inspired by this, we have partnered with a group of women across the world to detail the work, craftsmanship, and creativity that comes with doing something they love. On this page, you’ll find these women who have inspired us. Follow along here and on our Instagram as we get to follow their creative process in creating something truly unique.

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The Influencers

Classically trained in pattern making and draping, Roxanne Heptner founded Wilt in 2009 on a mission to create a line of beautifully shaped, uncomplicated tees. Wilt garments are made with a tailor’s attention to detail and our finishing and coloration processes give every garment a unique look. Knowing the rules has allowed us to break them. From sketches, to pinning, to production, Wilt is centered around a creative process that speaks to its true craft.

Inspired by this, we have partnered with a group of women across the world to detail the work, craftsmanship, and creativity that comes with doing something they love. On this page, you’ll find these women who have inspired us. Follow along here and on our Instagram as we get to follow their creative process in creating something truly unique.

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