Weaving a history: crafts in the Catskills

It’s no surprise that Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes is an artist. Hailing from a long line of creative people—painters, musicians, metal smiths, and stained glass makers on her mother’s side and writers on her father’s—she cites childhood travels and a nurturing, creative family environment as early foundations for her artist’s eye. “It’s my heritage,” she explains.

But her particular medium—weaving and fiber art—came to her a bit more unexpectedly. A high school friend, who attended a Quaker boarding school, learned weaving as part of her curriculum, and passed the interest on to Tabitha. While her friend never became passionate about the craft, Tabitha was hooked.