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Tapestry Weaver

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I studied woven textile design at Huddersfield Polytechnic and then undertook a wide variety of jobs, always with a design element to them; including painting pub signs for a nationwide chain of pub-restaurants.


In my thirties I returned to academia and gained a degree in Biodiversity and Conservation and a PhD in Human-Wildlife conflict. But the textile bug kept pricking at me. I took a short course in tapestry weaving at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and that was it: I had found my métier.


I predominantly weave in wool on a cotton warp and take my inspiration from the natural world. Tapestry weaving is a laborious process, and building a piece can take many months, so I like to intersperse larger woven works with smaller, speedier pieces.

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