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feel like life makes more sense when I’m deep in weaving.


What is the ethos behind your work? Slow textiles and hand making, communicating a story, history and inspiration in my work, to generate an emotional connection and new sense of value for people who use my weaving and textile products.


Of the tools of your trade, which is your favourite? I am in love with my loom, although I am also very close to my spinning wheel, donated to me by my Mother - another textiles addict!


How do you promote your work? I keep a blog so people can see what I’m up to, where I’m seeking inspiration, what I’m researching and what I’m weaving.


What is your main goal for the next 6 - 12 months? This year, I will be busy developing my range and sourcing more special


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yarns in the UK. I blog about my travels and experiments so you can follow me there. I would also like to make a little film for my website about the weaving process. There’s an exhibition coming up during London Design week and of course lots more time spent daydreaming whilst I’m weaving away in my studio creating lovely things! Busy times in blanket land!


Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? In five years, I aim to be using lots more British wool from local breeds. I am getting quite nerdy about sheep, fibres, farmers, spinners and the actual processes behind the objects I make. I will be working with a larger network of UK mills and makers and will have my own cafe-retail space where people can come and see me making work, have a coffee and buy a woven scarf.


What advice would you give someone starting a creative business?


If you’re starting out on a creative enterprise, make sure you’ve got a good network of inspiring and motivating people around you. There’s lots of help out there for people


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businesses, join groups and talk to lots of people. Remain focused on your goals and values and believe in your work. Never try to be like anyone else, make your own trends and tell a good story.


Who are some of your favourite artists, designers or makers? As well as my long standing love of the weavers of the Bauhaus, I also love the Constructivism and Dada movements for their re-definition, unique attitudes and determined spirits. I also cannot wait to see the new Miro exhibition at the Take modern. His dream-like paintings with bold colours, blocks and strong shapes will, I’m sure, be an influence on my work.


If you had time to learn another craft, what would you choose?


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