Charlotte Martin LSDC
Charlotte Martin is Somerset born and bred and her work, colours and textures, are totally inspired by her local surroundings. She mixes her own dyes and weaves the fabrics. She is a trained milliner. Charlotte is based in her workshop in a creative corner of Ilminster, South Somerset. She is hugely passionate about keeping traditional crafts alive within the country and she works hard to educate society about the skills and standards needed to create traditional hand crafted pieces.
Charlotte’s designs are made using natural fibres. She believes this approach is kinder to the environment and allows her to replicate the colours and textures that inspire her throughout the year.
Living in an area of outstanding beauty, Charlotte’s work is motivated by the seasons - whether it’s the bluebell fields of spring; the beautiful dusk light on a ham stone building during summer; the leaves and trees and rich, rusty oranges of autumn; or the magical light of a frosty, winter morning - Charlotte manages to capture the look and feel of these stunning environments in her dying and weaving.
She creates hand woven and dyed luxury accessories for both men and women. Her often bespoke, unique pieces range from scarves and wraps, flat caps and other casual style hats, to occasion wear such as hats and fascinators. She also takes commissions.
Charlotte graduated from the University of Creative Arts, Farnham, specialising in weaving. She spent four years working with Beverley Edmondson Millinery, where she developed many skills in both textiles and millinery. Charlotte established her business, Fruitbat Textiles in 2015. Her skills were highly recognised at the new designers exhibition in 2015 where The Society for Designer Craftsmen recruited Fruitbat Textiles as a licentiate. The business then showed at the societies exhibition ‘Designer Crafts on the Mall’ 2016 where she was then honoured with the Pollie Weiss colour prize. Charlotte works from her studio and workshop in Ilminster, Somerset. As well as designing and creating her unique pieces, she teaches weaving workshops and runs fun scarf-painting sessions. Bespoke tuition is also available.