Inspired by the blue colour palette of Italian architect Gio Ponti, this large scarf was woven in 2/20 ne spun silk and 2/14 Tencel yarn. The draft is arranged over 32 shafts, in 8 irregular blocks of 4 shafts. The lift plan for the entire scarf was fully developed as a profile draft in Fiberworks before starting to weave.
Work in progress 2023. A section of one of the three panels of a 1.6m x 1.6m artwork conceived by artist Lauren Godfrey. The structure is lampas woven on 32 shafts in silk and mercerised cotton.
Working from my home studio in North Yorkshire I explore and develop original hand woven textiles on my Louet Megado electronic Dobby loom.
I originally trained as an industrial textile designer at Leeds University back in the 1970s, and set up my studio in Hebden Bridge specialising in weaving fine silk fabrics and teaching part time. In the 1980s I took an unexpected career detour which engaged me for 34 years, ( see About to find out more), but I have now returned to my love of weaving.
My designs are informed by art and design, especially the forms and shapes of modernist architecture. The vertical and horizontal lines naturally lend themselves to the structure created by the warp and weft on a loom, but I'm also interested in learning how to apply historical weaving techniques to create contemporary designs.