In 2008, Brown County weaver, Chris Gustin, was chosen as an Indiana Artisan for her fiber and textile work in weaving handwoven rugs from recycled material. Although her piece, a Moebius Shawl (that’s Möbius for you German speakers), was the piece that helped her become an Indiana Artisan, it has been her entire body of work that has made her famous.
Homestead Weaving Studio is a small family-run business in Brown County, near Nashville. What is so special about her rugs is that they are made from “scrap” byproducts from other industries. Her website says their mission is to “keep this usable material from the waste stream,” so she turns these materials into rugs, purses, totes, shawls, and scarves. Her studio does custom spinning, dyeing and weaving, and also works with clients and designers to create commissioned artwork.
In fact, if you have a copy of the 2010 Indiana Travel Guide, you can see a sample of her work on the front. She has also been featured on WTIU Public Television, in Midwest Living magazine, and Natural Home magazine, as well as several weaving publications.
You can find more information about the Homestead Weaving Studio, as well as find samples, buy some of Chris’ products, and if you’re a weaver yourself, even buy materials and equipment.
Chris Gustin is a member of Indiana Artisan and you could win the Moebius Shawl in the picture above (valued at $195) for yourself or someone else by entering our Made in Indiana. Given by You. contest. Click here to enter to win!