The studio is very busy at this time of year. I love the buzz and there is nothing like a deadline to create that feeling. I am very excited to have the chance to show off my work at CRAFT – Top Drawer for the first time this September.
The designs for my new collection of woven throws and cushions, ‘tidal sands’, have been inspired by the coast of Anglesey, a beautiful island just off North Wales, which has to be my favourite place in the whole world. The patterns that are woven into the fabric of the throws represent the marks left behind in the expanse of wet sands at Newborough beach as the tide ripples out to sea, as well as the marks made my tractors pulling boats in and out across the beach in the pretty town of Beaumaris. I hope my designs represent the peace, space and gentle beauty that are to be found on the island.
The making process began a whole year ago when I began to make sketches and designs that I would then hand weave in to samples on my small hand loom. The throws were manufactured for me at a family run mill in Lancashire which is over 100 years old and specialises in producing a beautiful finish using water from its own stream, bringing out the very best qualities of the merino lambswool. It is a slow painstaking process, but better for being just that. Time stands almost still in the weave room and I can't help feeling a connection to the weaving industry of the past.
Each throw is being double checked, folded and labelled with logo and care instructions, before being packed away, ready for Olympia:
There is something calming about the softness of merino lambs wool, a feeling that is reminiscent of childhood, home and comfort all at once. The quality of this yarn means that the throws are very soft, warm and lightweight, perfect for wrapping around in moments of tranquillity. I hope I can bring a little tranquility to Olympia!