Lindsey Cadwell Baker
OWNER, TEXTILE DESIGNER, DYE ARTIST
Likes: Yarn. Coffee. Octopi. Twizzlers. Science.
Dislikes: Dye that never rinses clear. Life without chocolate. Wrap striking toddlers. Pants with unnecessarily small pockets.
20 years ago, or even just 10 years ago, if someone had told me I would be a stay at home mom to 2 incredible girls, living in a small town, handweaving baby wraps, I would have laughed at the absurd unlikelihood of that. I have always wanted to be a scientist of some sort, immersing myself in research and experiments.
But an artist? That was never in the realm of possibilities. Creating art never came naturally to me, until I began dabbling in the fiber arts. I was taught to crochet by my grandmothers and later learned to knit. I gathered an appreciation for step by step patterns. I could create something beautiful and functional. As I began to alter patterns and create my own, my inner scientist reveled in the experimentation.
Weaving is a similar construct. There are so many constants, yet a seemingly infinite number of of variables. A change in fiber, structure, or sett can create major differences in the finished fabric. Dyeing yarn adds yet another dimension to my grand experiment. As any good scientist does, I thoroughly document my findings, but, as a busy mom, I am then likely to lose them in my mess of a weaving lab. I take solace, however, in the words of the great Albert Einstein, "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?"
OWNER, TEXTILE DESIGNER, DYE ARTIST
Freckles: too numerous to count
With degrees in International Relations and History, my grand plan in life was to work in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research under the State Department. Weaving baby wraps in rural Southern Illinois is a far cry from that plan, but I wouldn't have it any other way. During the last month of my first pregnancy, I took a leap and quit my job as a historical researcher for the city I was living in, and decided to stay home with our son. It had never been my intention, but it was what was best for me at the time. I stumbled into babywearing, and when we moved south, I met up with the local babywearing group. Ahhh. These were my people! I connected with many in the group, and they greatly helped me establish myself in the area.
Fast forward to the birth of my second child, and I had fully begun to appreciate the joy and peace that a piece of fabric can create when used to keep a baby close. The thought that I could create this for others was exciting and intriguing. Though I didn't know it, weaving was exactly the kind of challenge I was missing in my daily life. I enjoy solving problems, researching information and techniques, and coming up with plans.
For me, weaving is the perfect marriage of creativity and precision. I live and breathe lists, numbers, charts. I appreciate the beauty of creative endeavors, but never considered myself an artist. It all seemed too organic, too unpredictable. There wasn't enough planning. But then I found weaving. To weave cloth, you must plan carefully. Measure precisely. It is the perfect art form for me, and I fall more in love with it all the time. Though I would never have picked this path from the beginning, I am enjoying every step of the journey.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER, TEXTILE DESIGNER, DYE ARTIST
I am a mom of 3 amazing kids.
I procrastinate on everything.
I don't drink coffee (I know, I know... Lindsey and Nicki think I am a robot or something with the lack of coffee to function daily).
I started out as a casual babywearer, wearing on rare occasions for the first year after my son was born. Before we decided to expand our little family, I was wearing him more often. I decided that having another baby would be so easy with babywearing... Then we found out we were pregnant with twins!
After having twins, babywearing became an essential part of life to be able to function on a human level, taking care of newborn twins and their very energetic 2.5 year old brother. Life was hectic then, and while it has calmed down in some ways, it still remains incredibly busy. Weaving is a bit of an escape- my time to unwind from everything, my mom therapy.
Using my past as a Graphic Designer to influence my fiber creativity, I have found a passion in making such functional pieces of art. But, a babywrap is much more than a piece of cloth to carry a child. A wrap represents fleeting moments of childhood, creating precious memories, and sharing that indescribable bond you can have with a child. While our days of wearing are dwindling quickly, being able to help facilitate that aspect of other people's lives is truly an honor.