The tactile delight of pulling weft through warp to create designs which emerge slowly and absorb my mind absolutely, brings a sense of fulfilment and joy I couldn’t live without.
I discovered tapestry weaving while studying Fine Art at Maidstone College Of Art, the simplicity of the process, the warmth of wool and the twang of the warp all fed my appetite for a contemplative approach to life.
Moving to Argyll after completing my degree, I found the perfect environment to explore ideas which reflect my interest in weaving colourful images with their roots in nature and use the seasons, weather and light to express the happiness I feel to be here. Starting with a small pen drawing, each weaving becomes a journey in pattern and form. While drawing is the controlled process, I prefer to take an intuitive route as the tapestry evolves so the work can become a visual record of time taken to resolve what my mind sees but my hands translate.
Assistance in considering designs for weaving that take account of the constraints of warp and weft
Using different techniques to achieve weaving shapes, colourblending and keeping tension skills
My family, of course! Sharing the joy in hand weaving…living in Kilmartin Glen within a landscape of wonderful light and space…Always having a pen and paper, wool in abundance and time to appreciate my luck
I prefer to take an intuitive route as the tapestry evolves so the work can become a visual record of time taken to resolve what my mind sees but my hands translate.