Meet the Maker, Kate Kilmurray of Kate Kilmurray Handwovens based in Ojai, California. 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 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 40 lifestyle stores across the US, as well as speciality shops in Japan and Denmark.
Kate earned a BA in art history at the University of Pennsylvania and later worked in a craft gallery in Philadelphia. She planned to have a long career in the arts until she was introduced to yoga and meditation which took her on a life-long journey of study and practice.
Finding her old 7”x 7” metal handloom flooded her with sweet memories of learning to weave with her grandmother, a woman she affectionately called “other mama”. Kate was immediately struck by the meditative qualities of weaving and loves how it unites two things that have transformed her the most...art and stillness. Kate began teaching weaving as meditation classes and selling the warm, earthy pot holders she makes.
We invite you to shop Kate Kilmurray’s collection of pot holders at The Dowry.
Welcome to Kate Kilmurray!
“I come from a long line of women who create with their hands.” - Kate Kilmurray
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