BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice
Weaving the Occult
My deflected double-cloth samples, seek to explore the interaction between past and present with textures inspired by prehistory, the British landscape, and rural traditions. As an interiors-based designer, I aspire to make sustainable luxury upholstery pieces that will be enjoyed for generations. I aim to honour the ancient practice of weaving, whilst also experimenting with the technical possibilities of yarn and looms. I decided to specialise in weave because I am fascinated by the colour, shape, and composition of woven cloth. I have learned how to operate computer-controlled dobby looms (using Scot Weave software) and TC2 Jacquard looms.
Throughout this project, I have investigated mystical groups, artists with esoteric interests, climate change art and community groups inspired by folk traditions and the landscape. Primarily the artists Emma Kunz, Hilma af Klint and Ithell Colquhoun have inspired my woven pieces with their use of sacred geometry and mysticism. I envision my collection being brought on pilgrimages to ancient sites or used as interior furnishing pieces such as blankets, throws, and pillows to bring the mysticism of nature into the urban home. My samples have a tactile yet soft texture, which I have created using merino lambswool, silk, cotton, cashmere, and horsehair.