Fiona Sperryn MA RCA – West Country Weavers Day
April 24 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm£12/ £44
Fiona hand weaves unique tapestry-style artwork. She enjoys the physical interactions of the creative process, from textural mark-making outdoors to hand finishing the woven cloth in her studio in Cornwall on the edge of Bodmin Moor. She draws inspiration from her environment and a love of weave structure. Combining traditional techniques and digital innovation, she translates her drawings into computer files to be read by the jacquard loom. She throws up to ten shuttles of different colours, combining fibres and blending colours as if painting.
Although Fiona started weaving aged seven and has always been a maker, it wasn’t until studying a degree at University College Falmouth and a masters at the Royal College of Art that she found the perfect tool to combine her love of drawing with weave – a jacquard loom. She honed her skills working as a freelance textile designer, selling weave samples in the UK and US and working at mills internationally. She has lectured in Textile Design at Falmouth University for many years and has exhibited in London, Cornwall, Europe and the US.
Fiona will explain how she translates her drawings into cloth using a state-of-the-art loom with consideration for tradition and the environment. She will also share her recent experiences of working during the lockdowns and talk about how her work has developed along bold new lines.