Aileen Hansen, creator of The Urban Loom, has been working as a packaging designer for 17 years. Loving her job, but craving a more tactile creative outlet, she signed up for a weaving class at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York. Soon after, The Urban Loom was born!
With a style that has been described as balancing just the right amount of chaos with order, The Urban Loom has a talent for uniquely combining contrasting shapes and texture.
“The materials I use all have a unique history and origin. Each fiber originating from a sheep, rabbit, or silk worm, harvested and spun by people all over the world. My mission is to take that fiber and unify it through weaving. Each little loop or tassel highlighting the differences between one another. It's a very urban concept, very New York. A city of opposites, anarchy and harmony all at the same time. It’s beautiful, and addicting”.
Her background in graphic design comes through in her weavings, whether it be her strong color sense, her typographic pieces, or geometric designs.
An introverted extrovert, perfectly imperfect, The Urban Loom knows how to bring it all together, fiber by fiber.