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. Her studio opened in Cirencester, Gloucestershire in 2015.

She creates woven textile designs which evolve as she hand-weaves on the loom. Fabrics for interiors and accessories range from summer shoulder wraps to flatweave meditation rugs. Inspiration for colour palettes comes from natural and urban landscapes and patterning from traditional or folkloric symbols.

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 passion for collaborative projects with local producers and processors to increase the provenance of her designs, extending to the use of plant dyes.

The 'tools of her trade', generally vintage pieces, include an Old English Inkle loom and several traditional pedal floor and table looms.

Rebecca designs and makes for her own collections, for exhibition or commissioned pieces. She works with sheep farmers, yarn producers, dyers and artisan weaving mills to create pieces in quantity. Delivering workshops in weaving and natural dyeing are an integral part of sharing her creativity and heritage skills.

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Employment

Business owner, Rebecca Connolly Design weave studio, 2015 to present.

Freelance course tutor in Weaving and Natural Dyeing for a wide range of Art and Craft organisations including:

West Dean College, Chichester. Made by Hand, Cheltenham. New Brewery Arts, Cirencester. BathSpa University, Bath. Go Deer Craft Retreats, Exeter. Prema Arts Centre, Uley. Cotswold AONB Rural Skills, Northleach. Stitchfest Southwest, Totnes. and FibreQuest 2022, Bristol.

Education

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

Exhibitions

2020

Into the Light, work of selected members of The Society of Designer Craftsmen at The Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex.

2019

West of England Festival of Textiles, new designs inspired by the textile archive at Trowbridge Museum, Wiltshire.

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 International Wool Challenge, Aberystwyth, Touring exhibition including in London for Fashion Week.

Bristol Cloth Design Competition, Winners Exhibition, Bristol

Discovery Exhibition by New Brewery Arts Creative Forum members, Corinium Museum, Cirencester

New Designers Show, selected Bath Spa University graduates,, 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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