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Zero Waste Design

 

My concept of textile design and production reflects my dedication to Zero Waste design. I strive to decrease to the minimum yarn waste and unnecessary cuts, carbon footprints, the use of machinery, water and electric energy. By adhering to a Zero Waste philosophy, I aspire to make hand-weaving an even more sustainable craft. I exclusively use natural undyed materials.

I consider the environmental impact at every stage of the design and making process, as well as within the daily work environment and studio space.

Sustainability, environment-friendly artefacts, and a harmonic human-product-environment relationship are quintessential aspects of my work ethic and artistic philosophy.

 

Craftsmanship & Honesty

 

By emphasising on materials and texture, and removing any superfluous elements, my work pays close attention to usability and aiming at producing high-quality interior products designed to become timeless heirlooms.

My approach to design is based on the idea of creating aesthetically engaging and functional textiles and objects via Zero Waste design and craftsmanship. Through a constructive, and continuous, dialogue with traditional craft techniques, my work aims at creating vibrant, but minimal, textiles that creatively interpret long-established techniques and styles yielding a vigorously contemporary and environmentally sustainable interlocutor.

I strongly believe that the importance of weaving must be highlighted, as it is constantly present, yet often left unnoticed. Fabrics reside in the everyday and inhabit almost every corner of a household; they create a boundary between us and nature, the culture of the body and the external world. They contribute in creating a sense of something familiar and beloved. The determinant role textiles play in our life, the power of colour, or the lack thereof, the achievement of high aesthetics through simplicity and the use of natural and sustainable materials, are my sources of inspiration and motivation. This is reflected in my work, which can be considered as the application of my approach to weaving and textiles creation. 

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Feeling At Home

Textiles play a great role into making us feel ‘at home’. It only takes a glance to our surroundings to realise how many of the most mundane things around us are made out of fabric: obviously our clothes, which like a second skin mediate between our body and nature, but almost everywhere else on floors, tables, beds, windows. Where we eat, where we sleep, where we sit, a boundary between us and nature, between the culture of the body and the world around us, a sense of the familiar and the beloved.

Textiles, high cultural samples, either show to our community who we are or separate us from it; they give to the individual an identity (‘the power of fashion’); enrich the personal identity or give a collective one (uniforms of any kind). In any case, they always indicate our position in society. It’s the most private and simultaneously the most public. Flags, wipes, Islamic hijab, or men’s ties consist whole worlds of semiotics, indicating ideology and desires, actual or not. The real and the symbolic were always tied to the preparation and the creation of textiles.

The symbolic side of textiles is linked historically with issues of enormous importance to the people, as the great metaphor of life and death, found in the Greek mythology, where the three Fates spin the destiny and cut the thread of life. It was believed that the thread of life was spanned twice during one’s lifetime, firstly at the birth and secondly at the marriage, as they were the two most important events in a human’s life.

Passed on from one generation to another, textile heirlooms become narrative objects of great sentimental value, which encompass a particular sense of belonging: feeling at home.

 

100% Pure Undyed British Wool/Alpaca

 

With a heritage stretching back to 10,000 BC, wool is a fibre that has withstood the tests of time and fashion. Naturally hard-wearing and long-lasting, wool comes from sheep farmed across the world.

Wool is my material of choice because of its excellent qualities and its transformable character. 
Wool is a natural insulator, multi-climatic, easy case and long-life, non-allergic and odour resistant material, is also renewable and biodegradable, which makes it the ideal raw-material for human and environment friendly textiles. Because wool is a living, breathing ‘smart’ fibre, it improves the air in enclosed spaces, improves sleep, provides comfort and ensures safety. Moisture on the skin is wicked away and no man-made fiber has the ability to regulate the body's temperature in all weather conditions like wool does naturally.

But I love it mostly because of its ability to been manipulated and transformed. Depending on the set up of the warp, the weave pattern and mainly the finishing of the cloth, the end-result could change completely than how it appears on the loom. It’s like having its own “life”.

Lastly, on top of all these by choosing wool you're already obtaining a product made from a renewable source, that's naturally durable and requires less chemical cleaning than other fibres and when it comes to the end of its long and useful life it is completely biodegradable.