My hand weaving focus is mainly on useful, wearable pieces but with an edge that takes them beyond the ordinary. I weave under the label bellatextiles.
My work is constantly evolving but basically my garments are simple, timeless, elegant and also for those who know their own style and not afraid to be individual.
I see my hand woven garments as an alternative to mass produced items. They are generally not something that is viable for industry to mass produce.
Only the finest natural fibres are used i.e. alpaca, silk, linen, merino wool or eco-friendly tencel. Where possible, I source yarns locally or at least from within Australia.
I dye most of the yarns myself using colourfast, safe dyes. This way I can achieve the unique, vibrant colours and combinations not usually available in commercially dyed yarns.
My primary looms are a 32 shaft and 8 shaft hand operated dobby looms. Other smaller looms are also used. My designs are all unique and patterns to be woven on the looms are created in the weaving software ‘FiberWorks’ and then taken to the dobby looms to be woven. I now work from a very pleasantly situated home studio.
Weaving in natural fibres has been my profession and my passion for over three decades. I cannot imagine life without my looms and I hope this enthusiasm for what I do reflects in my work.