Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Kilmurray.
Kate Kilmurray practices the art of handweaving as a form of embodied meditation. Making beautiful handwoven textiles helps her to tap into inner stillness and creativity; and she teaches other women to do the same—to slow down, engage the rhythms of the body, and access a state of wholeness and flow.
Kate has been teaching yoga and meditation for more than thirty years, and this is evident in her artistic practice. Kate’s experience of weaving is one of presence, awareness, and ritual. Her designs are reflect inner stillness and deep communion with the colors, textures, and patterns of the natural world. By incorporating handweavings in our homes, we bring more depth, beauty, and meaning to our daily lives, and Kate’s beautiful textiles are sold at over 45 lifestyle stores across the US, as well as speciality shops in Canada, Japan and Denmark.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It is difficult to get my work known on my minimum budget. I can’t afford advertising and so it is challenging to promote myself. After four years of patiently making, teaching and selling my handweaving, I finally have gotten my first significant Press. One of my handweaving is on the cover of Real Simple Magazine. This publicity has really helped my business to blossom.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Weaving is a slow and rhythmic process. As your hands engage with the loops, you will notice your mind becoming quiet. That ever-rushing stream of conscious thought will slow down. You will connect with the meditative movement almost instinctually.
I teach “Weaving As Meditation” as a form of self-care and creative expression. Handweaving inspires you to slow down, get centered, and become totally absorbed by the simple and expressive act.
My mission is to bring handweaving as a meditation into the public eye and to inspire women to find time in their lives for relaxation, peace, and connection.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
The acknowledgment that 45 lifestyle stores across the country including Canada, Japan and Denmark are carrying my work is one. And the positive feedback from my students is another.
Although outward recognition and validation of my work is wonderful, my real measure of success is my own capacity to be comfortable with where I am, where I have been and who I am today.
- Handweavings retail for $24 each
- Loom kit $20
- Additional loops $8 per bag
- Learn to weave one-on-one zoom class $50 for one hour session
- Website: www.katekilmurray.com
- Phone: 617-838-6646
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @katekilmurray