Anna-Maie Southern, Loop of the Loom
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a fiber artist, and the studio manager of Loop of the Loom. I work predominantly on a SAORI loom, following the SAORI philosophies as my work’s driving force – which features wall hangings, wearable art and sculpture.
How long have you been based in DUMBO?
Yukako opened her second Loop of the Loom location here in DUMBO in September 2019, which was when I started to work for her full time. We could not have predicted the crazy first year we would have in DUMBO – but thankfully the community here is strong, they kept us going despite the challenges of COVID-19.
What do you enjoy about being based in DUMBO?
DUMBO has a very neighborly feel, the residents and business owners and workers are all friendly with each other. I also love that there are a lot of families that live here, something that I wasn’t expecting in DUMBO. We teach kid’s classes at Loop of the Loom and our local kid’s class students are so creative and passionate!
What makes DUMBO’s art community different from other arts neighborhoods in the city?
The fresh, waterfront air is good for our creative brains!!
What else should visitors not miss during their visit to DUMBO Open Studios 2022?
We have a beautiful exhibition celebrating SAORI artist Lorenzo DiAndrea here at Loop of the Loom that you should definitely check out. If you’re on Plymouth St, I recommend Usagi’s cafe for a bite to eat – you’ll have to time it right as their kitchen is only open from 12pm – 2pm, but it’s totally worth it.
What artists are you excited to see at the 2022 DUMBO Open Studios?
I’m excited to see Liz Collins, Victoria Manganiello, and LJ Roberts. I’m always seeking fiber art for inspiration, as the softness and craftsmanship of the work really resonates with me.