ABOUT WHITNEY CRUTCHFIELD
I have been a textile lover ever since my mom taught me how to sew a reversible Barbie skirt in our basement in rural Michigan. Since then, I have been deeply influenced and led into this fascinatingly intertwined textile community by a number of strong, talented women and men.
After obtaining a MFA in Fibers and enjoying the clean air of Colorado, I landed in Brooklyn, and it instantly felt like home. My textile obsession has materialized here in a number of different ways, including crafting at Martha Stewart, teaching at the Textile Arts Center, FIT, and Parsons School of Design, and most recently designing printed textiles for a major teen apparel retailer.
My heart and passion, however, were not in the world of mass production and fleeting trends. So, with over ten years of weaving and dyeing experience under my belt, I turned my efforts fully to creating objects that last, textiles that we can be with and touch, things that become imbued with memory and simple meaning and remind us of the joys, excitement, and comfort that we experience together.
I relish in celebrations of any kind, from the smallest accomplishment to the most monumental life event, so much so that, in addition to being the designer and maker behind We Gather, I am also a registered wedding officiant in New York City, spreading the love in any way I can.
-optimism is my strong suit
-cheese is my weak suit
-I never stifle a laugh
ABOUT WE GATHER
What do textiles mean to you?
You probably wear them almost every day. Perhaps, as a little one, you had a favorite blanket that was both your sidekick and safety. Maybe you treasure an old sweater because, no matter how many times you wash it, it still smells like a beloved person or place.
Textiles are one of the first things to embrace you when you enter this world, one of the last to comfort you as you leave it. They wrap around us and so frequently mark the thresholds of our lives.
WE GATHER is here to be a part of those thresholds, those celebrations of love, joy, and possibility. Our celebration textiles are handmade specifically for your wedding, dedication ceremony, new baby, anniversary, housewarming, or other celebration. All of our products are hand dyed, hand woven, and hand finished with love and masterful care in our studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn.
These custom-designed rugs, blankets, gifts, and ceremonial objects are with you during your celebration and throughout your lives, serving as a reminder of your love and connection. WE GATHER celebration textiles not only commemorate your experiences; they are also functional heirloom-quality home textiles meant to be used and loved for a lifetime.