Craftland is excited to introduce you to Maya Tavares Cordeiro, the Rhode Island-based weaver behind Bristol Looms! We proudly carry Maya’s handwoven dish towels. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
What is your background and how did you get into creating what you make now?
I’ve always had an interest in textiles, but it wasn’t until college that I learned about weaving. Once I took my first class I was hooked.
What is the source of your inspiration?
Nature and the ocean are my primary sources inspiration. It’s hard for me to not make everything blue! I feel a strong connection to the water and that shows up a lot when I am creating.
How has your work and career evolved since the beginning?
My work is constantly evolving and getting more refined. I started out making a lot of different things, but over the years I’ve narrowed down my product line. Now I focus more on the things that I get excited to make.
What do you think makes your process and product stand out?
I put a lot of time into choosing the colors I work with. I like to push different combinations that others may not have considered. I try to use a more modern approach to my work and hope that it appeals to wide range of consumers.
Any advice for anyone who is also interested in pursuing their own creative career?
Having a creative career is incredibly satisfying. It’s exciting when others appreciate something that you have put so much passion and energy into. It’s even more exciting when they buy it, but it can also be very emotional. It’s hard to predict what might be a good seller and if you make something that isn’t, it’s difficult to not get discouraged. I wouldn’t be satisfied doing anything else, but sometimes I wish I could just work 9-5 and not think about my job at the end of the day.