Sheepwalk Fiber Arts Studio™ is owned by Jenn Kulick, entrepreneur and artist. I hate talking about myself in third person. The early days for me were experimental. Color ways were undocumented. It was all about color play and interaction. Dying was my post-divorce therapy. I turned to Claudia Handpaints as my inspiration. I wanted to know how she had so many colors in one skein. When my first skeins were brought to the shop table, customers were excited and asking for more. The name was not meant for a hand dye business, but when I took over Suzoo’s Wool Works in 2009, The Sheepwalk needed a new purpose.
2007 I purchased the domain names The Sheepwalk and Sheepwalk Wool Works. We were living in Oberwart, Austria. Every weekend we took long walks in the countryside. Just over the hill was a sheep farm. Austrian homes aren’t always white wash and brown trim. The colors, the textures and the possibilities inspired me to imagine how my future in the fiber arts would look. How would I define myself?
The “sheep walk” is the path the sheep carve out of the landscape and my modern twist is the play on the “cat•walk.” 2014, the entire business including Suzoo’s was moved to Bandera, Texas. This meant a change of scenery, but an opportunity to add a farm to the mix. I guess if you click your heels enough and chant he words “there’s no place like a farm” then you can manifest a farm. The first days I was settling in were important. I purchased my dye shed, set up my dry lines and took to dying yarn. There would be no rest from then on.
“What would I do if I had my own shop again?”
After a few years of road shows, trunk shows and consignment shops, it was time to start clicking my heels again. I stood in the front room at the Loom Room where I worked. The fuel crisis had stopped trade that weekend leaving me with plenty of space to dream of my own shop. I quit three days later, pulled all my yarn out of the Loom Room and two days later I was shown my future. Fall 2017 we opened the doors to Suzoo’s Wool Works.
The dye format has changed because our yarn bases have changed too. Our beloved Gems has been discontinued. This has kicked open a door for me to be as American made as possible. Why is this so important? As a fiber producer, I understand the cost of raising fiber. The best way we can support each other is to buy local made or American made. So this is the movement we have set ourselves on for 2019 and beyond!