Photo by Kevin A. Roberts for St. Louis Magazine

Photo by Kevin A. Roberts for St. Louis Magazine

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Since early 2010, Hillary has been professionally working with vintage clothes and is completely immersed in all things vintage in most aspects of her life. Her first job in the field was as a historical costumer/seamstress and now she works at a textile recycling company, rescuing valuable vintage gems from being shredded for their fiber.

Throughout her life, Hillary's creative endeavors have always revolved around textiles. She dabbled in countless types of artist processes, but it wasn't until 2013, the first time she picked up a loom, that everything came together. Her years spent as a seamstress paired with her love of color and design naturally evolved into a passion for weaving, and now, almost all the fibers Hillary uses are recycled vintage yarns.

In the future, she has plans to weave fabric and rugs, which require different types of looms...something Hillary is always happily collecting! (Check out her series, Loom Stories, on the Fibre Share blog to learn more!)

As a member of the Weavers' Guild of St. Louis, she is continually looking for new ways to learn her craft and fiber friends to share knowledge with!

What is Wabi Sabi?

In short, Wabi sabi is a Japanese philosophy, whose roots stem from Zen Buddhism, with it’s principles of vast emptiness and nothing holy, communion with nature, and above all, reverence for everyday life.
Originally two separate words, “wabi” meaning embracing natural imperfections (likely something made by hand versus a machine) and “sabi” being beauty that can come only with age, what years of loving use leaves behind. Put together, “wabi sabi” often reflects understanding and accepting solitude and celebrating what is natural, which is believed to be the first step to enlightenment.