My name is Rainie Owen and I am the fibre artist and designer behind The Unusual Pear.
My little home studio is located in Newcastle, Australia, my beloved hometown where I live with my husband Beynon and two young kids, Poppy and Louis.
I was struck with the weaving bug back 2014 when I was pregnant with my daughter Poppy. The therapeutic nature of weaving was a much needed creative outlet for me during my last weeks of pregnancy and soon flourished into a wonderful daily ritual. After a few short months, my inventive nature and newfound passion for this beautiful craft led me in the direction of creating my own weaving supplies which have been incredibly popular among both beginner and experienced weavers.
I began selling on Etsy (which I am still a part of, with over 7000 sales and over 1700 5 star reviews) and regularly attending local markets and events. These days, with two young kids in tow, my main focus is on this website and small, pop up events and my ever popular weaving workshops.
I’m incredibly proud and grateful to have been featured in some truly inspiring magazines, blogs and publications including.. Frankie Magazine, The Etsy Blog, Koel Magazine, Mollie Makes, Extra Curricular, Better Homes and Gardens, "DIY Woven Art" by Rachel Denbow
In 2016, I was invited to be the Guest Artist at The Stitches and Craft Show in Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide and was even asked to chat about all things weaving on ABC radio, Brisbane.
Another great achievement in 2016 was teaching my first international weaving workshop in New Jersey USA.
In 2017 I was also a featured artist with Etsy's famous textile week in Melbourne, Australia where I ran a mega weaving workshop at the Cullen Hotel, which is part of the gorgeous Art Series Hotels.
Fast forward to now, in late 2018 I was contacted by an American publishing company called Page Street Publishing, who were to my amazement, offering me a BOOK DEAL! Yep, I’m writing a book! It’ll be packed full of inspiring frame loom weaving projects, featuring many weaving techniques and alternative ways to finish your weavings. I can’t wait to share it with the world, it’s due to be released December 10th 2019.
In September 2019 I was invited back to the Stitches and Craft Show to be their guest artist where I ran workshops and demonstrations, sharing the weaving and spinning world with other crafters.
In February 2015, I released my first range of beginner-friendly and affordable weaving looms out into the world. I design my weaving supplies and have them laser cut in Sydney, Australia by another fellow small business owner.
I choose to use only FSC certified materials and each piece is sanded by hand, either by me or my friend Kate, another local mum!
My supplies are not seasonal, I create these products to last, so I rarely have sales. I do however, leave room for a cheeky discount for return customers and newsletter subscribers.