"... turn a room into a bower ..."
William Morris as Designer
(Studio Vista, 1968)
I seem destined to work with and be around textiles. I was born and bred in Yorkshire, England where for centuries people have lived off wool and cotton manufacturing. A seventeenth century ancestor was a yeomen sheep farmer in the remote Dales hamlet of Yockenthwaite, and my father's cousin designed woolens for the men's suiting trade in Bradford. I find myself now living in the heart of North Carolina, famous for its now dwindling, but still alive, textiles manufacturing, in a small historic town that at one time had two cotton mills.
My journey with textiles has taken me down many ways, including needle-felting, embroidery, crochet, and painting on fabric, but lately I have "re-discovered" weaving. I learnt about weaving's many structures as part of my studies of historic textiles but am now experiencing the obsessive joy of creating fabric on the loom.