Rebecca Connolly LSDC

Woven Textiles

About Rebecca
Rebecca is a woven textile designer and hand-weaver, creating cloth for interiors and accessories. From her studio near Cirencester, she designs one-off pieces by commission or for exhibition, which she weaves by hand. Collaborating with British producers, processors and artisan weaving mills, Rebecca can develop designs for clients requiring repeatable products in quantity. British Wool in a range of fleece colours complemented by natural dyed colour is used whenever feasible. She demonstrates and teaches weaving and natural dyeing at all levels, at her studio and for other organisations.
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Rebecca is a woven textile designer and hand-weaver, based in Cirencester.

She specialises in designing woven textiles which evolve as she hand-weaves the cloth on the loom. Cloth weights range from summer wraps to winter rugs. Inspiration for recent work comes from the natural and urban landscapes of Iceland and motifs from Icelandic folklore.

British wool is her material of choice, relishing the challenge of designing with the inherent characteristics of the wool from diverse sheep breeds . She has a particular interest in collaborations with producers and processors to increase the provenance of her products; this extends to plant dyes locally sourced.

The 'tools of her trade' range from the Old English Inkle loom, through traditional pedal floor looms, to the 24-shaft AVL Compu-Dobby which interfaces with digital design software.

Designing and making for her own collections, for exhibition or by commission, is complemented with demonstrating and delivering workshops in weaving and natural dyeing.

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Education
BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors, graduated with a first from Bath Spa University, July 2015

Employment

Weave and Natural Dyeing Tutor for Bath Spa University, 2015/16

Exhibitions

2019

Get Fresh Devon Guild of Craftsmen's biennial showcase of emerging designer makers, Bovey Tracey, Devon

2018
Hand of the Maker, Society of Designer Craftsmen's members showcase, Chelsea College of Art, London

Raw Talent, Student and Tutor exhibition, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester

2017
Decorex International, Weaving demonstration for British Wool and Country Life Magazine, Syon Park, London
Cotswold Inspired , Cotswolds AONB Art Exhibition, Corinium Museum, Cirencester

2016
Designer Crafts on the Mall, Society of Designer Craftsmen's members showcase, The Mall Galleries, London
Bradford Textile Society Design Competition Winners exhibition, The Dyehouse Gallery, Bradford

2015
Cambrian Mountains Wool Challenge, Aberystwyth, London for Fashion Week
Bristol Cloth Design Competition, Winners Exhibition, Bristol
Discovery Exhibition, Corinium Museum, Cirencester
New Designers Show, Islington, London
Bradford Textile Design Competition, Winners Exhibition, Bradford

2014
Bradford Textile Society Design Competition Winners exhibition, Bradford
Campaign for Wool, 5th Anniversary Exhibition, Southwark Cathedral, London

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