Rodrick Owen and Terry Newhouse Flynn

Rodrick Owen’s more than four decades of research into the braided textiles of pre-Hispanic Peru has helped raise awareness and appreciation for these gems of textile art. He trained at the London College of Furniture, completing the Creative Textiles Programme and qualifying with distinctions. An internationally respected braiding teacher, he popularized kumihimo, introducing takadai braiding to the US in 1995. His previous books include Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and Beyond and Making Kumihimo: Japanese Interlaced Braids. Owen has exhibited and taught in the United Kingdom, United States, Japan, Europe, and Australia. His current research involves braided headband structures from pre-Hispanic Peru. Owen lives in Oxford, England.

Terry Newhouse Flynn is a textile artist and art educator who creates garments, accessories, and sculptures that combine her interests in woven, braided, and knitted textiles. She credits ten years of daily immersion in a weaving/knitting/braiding shop for deepening her understanding of yarns, color interaction, textile structures, and clothing design. She invited Rodrick Owen to teach Kumihimo in 1993, which led to many years of intense study of braided textiles. She has continued to work with Rodrick, co-publishing two books, Andean Sling Braids, New Techniques for Textile Artists (2016), and Sling Braiding Traditions and Techniques from Peru, Bolivia and Around the World (Nov. 2017). Terry earned a BFA in Fiber (2004) and a M.A.T. in Art Education (2005) from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has taught and co-taught braiding in a variety of venues and is known for her patience helping students understand the braiding process. In her “other life” she enjoys teaching art full-time in Baltimore County, MD to students with special needs. She is also an amateur gardener. Terry is currently finishing editing on a video for beginning braiding on the marudai that will be available in the fall of 2019.