Artisan Weaver Wanted

Do you love researching historical textiles and using that knowledge to create your own reproductions? Do you enjoy demonstrating your weaving for others and teaching them about historical structures and techniques? If so, you might be interested to learn about the Mary Merrill Intern Scholarship at Plimoth Plantation.

The $2,500 scholarship is awarded to one lucky weaver who is chosen as the Artisan Weaver Intern. The Artisan Weaver will spend this summer, from June 16 to August 15 weaving period reproduction cloth from linen and wool at the Plimoth Plantation Public Craft Center. The job goes beyond just weaving, though, as the weaver is expected to interact with the public and teach them about weaving and textiles during the 17th century. If chosen as the Artisan Weaver Intern, you’ll get to weave the yardage used by the Historical Clothing and Textiles Department to create costumes and other items.

The scholarship is given out annually by the family of Mary Merrill, a scholar, researcher, and weaver. Mary, who belonged to the Weavers Guild of Boston, researched and wove beautiful reproduction 17th century textiles still on exhibit today. While Mary passed away in 1999 her legacy lives on in her weaving, including tapestries that have been exhibited throughout New England, and in this scholarship and position. More information on the scholarship and other internships can be found here

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