Weaver and fiber artist finds inspiration in Norwegian heritageSubmitted: 10/20/2015
Story By Katie Thoresen

Weaver and fiber artist finds inspiration in Norwegian heritage
CONOVER - Jan Zindel spends her days weaving in her cabin near Conover.

She's been practicing her craft now for more than 30 years. 

The cabin in the woods doubles as her home and studio.

"It's, you know, I've got just the little lake out here," said Zindel. "I'm next to some county land. It's not like living in the city. You look out the window and there's not other houses out there. The deer wander through the yard. The occasional bear will come up on the porch. I didn't want to leave that yet, so I've stayed."

Zindel gets her inspiration from books and other weavers, but a lot of her work stems from her Norwegian heritage. 

"I got to Norway," she says. "I have always wanted to go back and I haven't, but it made such an impression on me, and I have such good memories of my Norwegian grandmother. So that triggers a lot of the interest in things Scandinavian."

For Jan, it's learning new things that keeps her interested in the fiber arts. 

"It's amazing what you learn or pick up in one area spills over into something else. I have ideas for things that I don't even know if it's possible to do them together. So I'll learn more about this and I will try it."

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