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Denise Kovnat

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Denise Kovnat





I focus on weaving, dyeing, knitting, spinning, and sewing, in combination or on their own. My garments have been juried into the fashion shows at the past three Convergence conferences for the Handweavers’ Guild of America and I continue to aim for that high standard of fiber art.

I have been a knitter since childhood, encouraged by my mother, my teachers, and, in particular, my grandmother, who was a seamstress and knitter despite her blindness. To this day, this business of fiber “speaks to my soul,” to quote handweaver Holly Brackman.

In 1998, I began taking weaving classes with master weaver Joyce Robards – and continued for four and a half years! That same year, I joined the Weavers’ Guild of Rochester and have served gladly in many volunteer positions since. I am proud to say I served on the founding “team” for the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center, now in its 11th year. I teach there and at regional conferences and festivals in the Northeast. I also sell my items on Etsy and at local galleries and sales.



Textiles can dance! They give us beauty, warmth, and comfort, I believe, with colors that delight the eye and textures that touch us deeply. These two qualities are most important to me as I work with fiber. My goal is always to make clothing and accessories that are both wearable and beautiful — and, I hope, that appeal to others.

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