The Weaver’s Apprentice

Learning to Weave

Have you ever been curious about weaving, perhaps too intimidated by the "big machine"? From September through October 11, you will have a chance to sit at a loom and learn to weave.


Come by and visit during studio hours and get creative. Each week, Ms. Fazio will introduce different forms of weaving styles and tools that will achieve the same result: a handwoven textile.


The way it used to be done. No loud machines, no greasy monsters, just a loom, you and me. Cool tunes, relaxed atmosphere. Check it out.

Wednesday to Friday: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Saturday: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

September to October 11th, 2014

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Fall River Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Hands to the Loom: Weaving a Collective Memory

On view at the Trescott Street Gallery

February 1st - March 14th, 2014

“Hands to the Loom: Weaving a Collective Memory” began earlier this year in April 2013.


Since then, many people have come into the studio to share their thoughts, names, or tasks relating to the textile mills—once a dominant piece of the city’s economic structure –now loom large and mostly vacant in the twilight of the industrial landscape of the city of Fall River.


The "memories" are written on strips of cloth and woven onto the loom. The accumulation of the strips forms a "collective memory. The panels are now complete. Come and see what the people had to say.


Email Rhonda Fazio at [email protected] if you have a story you would like documented. The studio is still collecting them.

April to November 2013

Hands to the Loom: Weaving a Collective Memory

“Hands to the Loom: Weaving a Collective Memory” is a project undertaken by the dyer and weaver, Rhonda Fazio, whose studio is located in Fall River, Massachusetts at The Narrows Center for the Arts. It is a “call to arms and hands” to creatively reconnect the citizens of the South Coast with the region’s historical textile legacy.


Visitors will have the opportunity to share a word, memory, names, or tasks relating to the textile mills that were once a dominant piece of the city’s economic structure. The response of each participant will be written on a strip of cloth and woven into the artist’s loom by the individual.

The project aims to reclaim the pre-industrial skill of hand weaving in a post-industrial community. It will result in a permanent piece of art, a woven memory, for the city of Fall River.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Fall River Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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