Moira Diane Wood MSDC

Woven Textiles

About Moira Diane
Diane is a cloth weaver with a passion for sharing creative skills. She is lead artist with The Big Weave, a socially engaged practice with a strong track record of successful collaborative projects, making weaving accessible, bringing people together through making and creating vibrant tapestries in the process. In addition Diane works as a crafty activist in and around Coventry, creating conversations and communities around yarns and thread.
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Diane was fortunate to study weaving at The Surrey Institute University College Farnham, graduating in 2002. At Farnham, understanding raw materials was paramount and Diane was immediately drawn to hand-spinning flax, creating signature yarns with different qualities and twists. She used these unique yarns to create beautiful hand-woven lengths of linen cloth. When it became difficult to find quality flax Diane moved away from her individual practice and turned her attention to sharing creative skills with others. She founded The Big Weave, a community-based tapestry weaving project that culminates in the creation of vibrant works of woven art. After ten years of collaborative working with communities Diane is now turning her attention to exploring the qualities of British wool and returning to her cloth loom to create one-off shawls and scarves.

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Education

MA (Art, Health and Well-being) at Birmingham City University

2007 City and Guilds Certificate in Delivering Learning, Bracknell College

2002 BA Woven Textile Design, SIAD, University College, Farnham

Selected Exhibitions and Projects

2018 Walthamstow Tapestries - William Morris Gallery and Walthamstow Garden Party

2017 Sowing Seeds tapestry - Craft Set, Castleward, County Down.

2015 The Mulberry Tapestries, working in partnership with Mulberry School, Tower Hamlets, London.

2014 The Big Weave in the Mournes - an exhibition in The Long Gallery Stormont.

2014 The Mourne Tapestries, working in partnership with The Mourne Mountains Landscape Partnership Trust.

2013 The Derry Weave, St Augustines, Derry/Londonderry, 7 tapestries in celebration of UK City of Culture

2012 Reflections in Light Coventry Cathedral, celebrating the Cathedralʼs Golden Jubilee

2012 The Tree of Light, Cultural Olympiad Project, Thames Valley Consortium

2011 The Big Weave Training Projects, Dorset, Oxford and Devon.

2010 The Big Weave Community Cohesion Project, Wokingham, Berkshire

2009 The Big Weave Pilot Project launch, Reading, Berkshire

2008 National Exhibition the Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers, Liverpool.

2007 Designer Crafts at the Mall Galleries, London.

2006 Flair, Belfast The very best in design-led craft and applied arts in Ireland.

2005 British Craft Trade Fair, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.

2004 Hands On. The Exhibition Centre, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

2003 Art in Action, Waterperry House, Wheatley, Oxford.

2003 Fine Lines, Rope Store Studio Gallery, Old Market, Nailsworth, Stroud.

2002 Textiles 2002: Mall Galleries, London, New Work in Woven Textiles

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