Meet The Makers: A SoCal Artist Weaves Her Way To A New Career

By Lisa Boone
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) While weaving started out as a hobby for Janelle Pietrzak, it wasn’t too long before she was creating custom pieces for clients. Commissions for the stylish Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs and the Thompson Hotel in Nashville soon followed.

Los Angeles Times

Janelle Pietrzak approaches her weavings with the same eye for detail that she once used as a fabric consultant.

“I just think about what I love,” says Pietrzak. “Color resonates with people. I have been obsessed with yellow and plaid lately.”

The self-taught weaver, 37, and the creative force behind the Yucca Valley-based All Roads studio, learned about color and textiles during stints sourcing fabric for Anthropologie and choosing more than 700 colors for a Chinese yarn mill.

Working in an office, however, left her craving a creative outlet.

In 2012 she started weaving using a simple loom her boyfriend and All Roads partner Robert Dougherty, a welder and carpenter, built for her.

Equipped with only basic weaving skills she learned in a college textile class, Pietrzak was soon weaving increasingly complex free-form tapestries.

In less than a year, Pietrzak went from weaving as a hobby to creating custom pieces for clients. Commissions for the stylish Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs and the Thompson Hotel in Nashville followed. In 2014, she licensed her designs to Anthropologie, which now produces All Roads Studio rugs, pillows, throws and duvets.

Her small “stordio” (studio and retail store) in Yucca Valley is a textile lover’s dream.

Multiple looms share space with raffia and rope, silky smooth tassels and multicolored cones of yarn. A yard of vintage fabric hangs like an artwork on one wall while her weavings, made from skeins of bamboo, linen, hemp, cotton and hand-cut metal scales and stoneware, hang on another, adding to the colorful, warm vibe of the studio.

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