Amy Wilson has been a fellow with Digswell Arts for the past 3 years and is based at the Fenners site in Letchworth. Amy is a fabric designer specialising in woven cloth.
My current research is based around emotive & sensory textiles which can capture a feeling, evoke a sensation or trigger memory. I have been working with aromatherapy scents, textured yarns and colour therapy principles to create atmospheric textiles. I am working with reflective materials, paper, metals, dyes, and experimenting with transient and fragile layered weaves. These are inspired by everyday observations of my surroundings. I have also been looking at links between environment and affects it can have, on an individuals creative output and general wellbeing.
I have been running workshops which are based around ideas to enhance wellbeing, by appealing to all the senses with music, food and scents. This helps to create a positive and uplifting environment where creative energy can flow while people relax and have fun. I also offer weaving courses for beginners/improvers where participants can learn to weave from designing their own warp to finished product on a variety of weaving looms. More details about the new programme of Spring 2018 workshops and courses can be found on my website: https://lilianeboutique.co.uk/t/workshops
I have just set up a textile interest group as part of the LALG offering. This group will meet monthly at the Fenners on a Tuesday evening to either work on individual projects or take part in a themed activity related to a particular textile technique.
New for 2018 I will be offering a woven cloth sample service and design consultancy for industry working under my own ‘Liliane’ label – www.lilianeboutique.co.uk. I will also be working on my next seasonal collection of luxurious artisan cloth which is made with fine Silk and Wool yarns in small batches on a traditional manual loom.
I am always asked about the time involved in my work and how long things take to weave. My reply is that the whole process is both important and enjoyable to me, it can’t be rushed, must be planned and is not about fast fashion or consumer led society its about quality, skilled craft and time well spent. In my Wellbeing workshop my aim is to share this enjoyment with others, to help them slow down for just a couple of hours and appreciate the experience of the making process.
I grew up in creative family and my mum taught me how to knit and sew at a very young age. My Nana was also very interested in Fashion and her influence has sparked my interest in studying textile design.
I admire designers such as Wallace Sewell and Margo Selby, who have created successful sustainable design businesses from scratch. Their creativity, passion and commitment has led them to achieve great things in the world of woven textile design.
My fellowship at Digswell with several other artists, all with unique approaches and disciplines is inspiring and it’s encouraging me to continue to work towards my goals. I have had many opportunities while at Digswell Arts to plan and set up events, groups and workshops with the support of the trust.
Liliane Design Studio, Liliane Boutique
Vintage Inspired textiles and accessories handmade in Hertfordshire, England.We offer a bespoke fabric design service and make seasonal handcrafted collections of accessories & textiles. Visit www.lilianeboutique.co.uk