Handweaver Justin Squizzero challenges modern definitions of progress by creating functional textiles that celebrate the natural world and the dignity of human labor. Echoing a time when utilitarian objects were entirely handcrafted, his work connects material, maker, and user across time and place. Squizzero’s venture, The Burroughs Garret, draws on the textile traditions of his northern Vermont home, marrying natural dyes and fibers with a reserved aesthetic rooted in early New England. Produced on his 19th-century farm using 200-year-old hand looms, Squizzero’s textiles examine the role of handcraft in a post-industrial society, questioning the human experience in a digital age.
Justin and his husband Andrew live on the Burroughs-Hebb-McClintock farm where they raise Border Leicester sheep, Berkshire hogs, Jersey cattle, heirloom poultry, tend a quarter-acre kitchen garden, and work to breathe new life into an old corner of Newbury, Vermont.