Savannah Jubic is a weaver and installation artist based in Chicago. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Jubic is a creative programming assistant at Johalla Projects in Chicago and teaches weaving to the elderly. Jubic volunteers with a group called Committed Knitters teaching knitting and crochet at Cook County Jail on the weekends. Savannah and I were both in school at the same time, while I was recieving my Master's degree she was an undergraduate student. I knew her to be from the other tribe; that is, I was in the print tribe of the Fiber Department and she was a weaver. Both very different skill sets, students tend to move towards one camp rather than dive into both crafts. I knew she was a devoted artist because weaving takes so much patience and commitment and I would see her in the studio all the time. It was only later, once we were both out of school that I was looking to enlist the help of an accomplished weaver to make a custom border for my stair runner at the Lake Forest Showhouse. Savannah was recommended to me by several colleagues and I was happy to meet her again and hire her to make the staircase shine. Last May, Relativity Textiles was invited to be at part of the Lake Forest Showhouse, one of the remaining showcases for interior designers in the suburbs of Chicago. It was an incredible experience full of great connections and networking. Our space turned out beautifully with many thanks to my collaborator Claire Staszak from Centered by Design. It has always been important to me to support the robust community of local artists in makers in what we do at RT, and the Lake Forest Showhouse was no exception. Our Arabian Nights wallpaper in Parchment was designed specifically for this showcase. Featured in our space was also a rare antique Iranian runner sourced online, Unimode Woodworking created the fabulous mirrored doors, It’s Oksana created the draperies, Stark Carpet generously donated the sisal carpet for the staircase.
We asked Savannah to give us a little bit of an in-depth interview about her process and inspiration. Read on for her answers.