TALK: ‘Sustainability in Textiles’ with Weaver Catarina Riccabona


Saturday 27 April 2019

Join us on the Saturday morning of our Common Threads weekend, two days celebrating the work of textile designer makers and artists as part of our Material Textile exhibition.

Catarina Riccabona will be here to talk about her work as a loom weaver, working with natural materials such as linen, hemp and alpaca producing intricately woven throws, cushions and textile art. Since graduating from Central Saint Martins, where she studied Textiles, Catarina has gone on to develop her interest in sustainability, heavily influencing her creative approach. Drawing inspiration from tribal textiles, vintage grain bags and linen towels, each of Catarina’s pieces are one-off interior pieces hand woven on a traditional loom from her studio in South East London.

Catarina mostly uses unbleached and undyed linen for her warp. Her choice of weft yarns is limited to linen, hemp, wool, alpaca and second-hand or recycled yarns. For colour she uses plant-dyed wool or recycled linen. The final metre of warp on a loom cannot be woven and will usually be thrown away. Catarina collects these lengths of yarns from colleagues and knots them back together so that she can weave with them in the weft. During weaving the knots become visible randomly across the cloth and form a distinct design feature that is reminiscent of the hand-made look of tribal textiles.

Catrina’s work has featured in UK and international press, including The World of Interiors, Elle Decoration, Telegraph Magazine, Crafts Magazine, Hole & Corner, Selvedge, Architectural Digest (France), Vävmagasinet (Sweden), CREA Traveller (Japan).

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