I have been weaving for over 40 years and the following quotations make it plain that this became inevitable…….
“…..just the feeling of a new idea in cloth and seeing it take shape in the loom…..is really the highest pleasure in manufacturing .” Written by my great-grandfather in 1918
“We must weave thought and interest into our fabrics. Let us never fear but that there will be a market for the best that we can think and do”. Written by my grandfather in 1927
“…….there will always be a place for the hand worker,not as a sentimental relic……or as an escape from the present…..,but as a genuine factor in a fully contemporary life.” Written by my father in 1944.
After a year at Dartington college of Arts and four years at Manchester College of Art and Design studying woven textiles I worked in industry for five years. In 1976 I set up my own workshop in Mid-Wales.
Linen has been my fibre of choice since 1982 when I was introduced to the growing and processing of flax and linen weaving. This naturally led to the weaving of domestic textiles where the quality of the natural linen can be appreciated on a daily basis.
I moved to Ludlow in 1997and in 2000 was awarded a travel grant by the Thea Moorman Trust for Weavers to spend 6weeks in Sweden researching Linen.