Deirdre Wood

Deirdre Wood is a hand weaver and dyer who has developed the ancient technique of narrow strip-weaving to create abstract architectural textiles. Traditional strip woven fabric has long been a fascination for Deirdre and on winning the Clothworkers Foundation Travel Award from the Royal Society of Arts in 1996, she travelled to Mali, West Africa, to study the beautiful and exciting Bogolanfini and indigo clothes produced by the Bamana and Dogon tribespeople. Until recently she had always woven straight narrow fabric but now she has created a technique that produces curved strips, by using the contrasting properties of linen and silk to create rings and discs. Although the cloth is woven straight, it becomes dramatically curved when cut from the loom and treated with finishing processes. In 2013 she won the Peter Collingwood Trust Prize for innovation in weaving and was also selected to represent the UK at the 14th International Triennial of Tapestry held in Lodz, Poland

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