Indiana Artisan Development Project In 2008, Chris Gustin was chosen as part of the select group of artists and craftspersons to
take part in the Indiana Artisan
Development Project (IADP).
The IADP is a joint venture between four State agencies, including the
Indiana Arts Commission. It was formed to recognize, promote, support, and
market the work of exceptional Hoosier artisans, as well as value-added
food products that are made in Indiana.
“Indiana is home to hundreds of talented artisans and boasts a variety of
unique handmade products,” according to Lt. Governor Becky Skillman.
“Governor Daniels and I are committed to supporting Hoosier entrepreneurs
and promoting Indiana-made products.”
Artisan Development Project has been inspired by popular, well-established
programs in other states, such as “Kentucky Crafted” and North Carolina’s
“Handmade in America.” Individuals selected for Indiana’s program must
undergo a jurying process. According to Project Manager, Eric
Freeman, to insure the success of the Indiana program, only
high-quality arts and crafts products will be included. “These will be the
very best of the best,” he says.
Homestead Weaving Studio is a small family-operated business
in Brown County, Indiana, near the tourist mecca of Nashville,
which creates unique household items and clothing, and specializes in
from recycled material.
The supplies we use for our rugs are
byproducts of other industries, where they are considered
Our mission is to keep this usable material
from the waste stream and to turn it into functional fiber art.
We do custom spinning, dyeing and weaving and work with clients and interior designers
to create special pieces of art.
Chris's weaving was featured on the cover of the 2010 Indiana Travel
An article about the studio appeared in H&L magazine in June 2010.
She was featured in an article in "Emerging Horizons - Accessible Travel
News" in 2010.
In October, 2008, Chris was selected as an Indiana Artisan.
In February 2008, Chris was featured as an artist "Insight: Artists share
their insights about recycled art" in The Crafts Report magazine.
In the June, 2007 Midwest Living
magazine, Chris' weaving and studio were included in an article called "Nurture
The fall/winter 2007 issue of "The Weavers Friend" featured Chris in a
front page article.
Our rugs were featured in an
article, "Rags to Riches" in the Sept/Oct. 2003 issue of Natural Home magazine.
Take a YouTube tour of Brown County, Indiana and then we invite you to visit our beautiful area in America's heartland, "The Art Colony of
got our rug, safe and sound.
It is the most beautiful rug I think I have ever seen! I'm not kidding...
it's so soft and the colors do wonderful things under our lights. It
reminds me of the forest floor!
Thank you, thank you for your skilled work and artistry!
My husband said to write "we love it!"
The three month old is busy drooling on it as we speak :)
Noe W., Pennsylvania
"The beautiful hanging came on Wednesday and I had it up already when my husband
got home from work. It was SO FUN to wait in the kitchen while he went
upstairs to change and then came right down! Such a fun surprise! I LOVE IT!
He just said how perfect it was...just what we always wanted for that space.
... Chris, thank you so much for bringing to life, in such a beautiful way, what
was in my head. I am so lucky to have been able to partake of your talents."
Heather P., Michigan
Our double-wide sockloop rug has color inclusions to match the
customer's dishes and measures 9 feet by 10 feet to fit under her dining room
We are a proud member of the
Green Business Network and have been honored for our recycling efforts by the
Brown County Solid Waste Management District.
Homestead Weaving Studio
6285 Hamilton Creek Road
Columbus, IN 47201