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Featherstone London Tweed coming soon!

Araminta Campbell is someone we have been following closely over the last few months. Her ethics, standards, quality and craftsmanship are very much in line with ours. A weaver by trade who uses an artistic approach to her work, developing her own designs taking inspiration from nature using the Scottish landscape, she fuses the old with the new and is making this traditional craft super chic and highly desirable.

Araminta offers a service called ‘Heritage’ which is commission based for the design and production of bespoke tweeds and tartans. The fabrics are woven and finished in Scotland using world famous skills and expertise built up over generations and use naturally sourced, ethical raw yarn from UK farms.

We caught up with Araminta in London to discuss specifics for creating our own bespoke Featherstone London tweed and got the opportunity to ask her a few burning questions we had regarding her work:

  1. Weaving is an unusual trade, where did this passion start?

My weaving journey began with a passion for textiles which was fostered by a wonderful teacher I had at Secondary School, which lead onto me taking a degree in fine art embroidery. In the final year of this degree I stumbled across the weave room and was completely captivated!

I loved the extra dimension that weave requires, the way precise mathematical workings are combined with artistic vision. I have always had a natural way with numbers and I had never realised that this could actually have a place within my creative practice.

araminta campbell hand weaving studio ciara 7
  1. How long has it taken you to fully learn this trade and become proficient in the craft?

It took me around 3 years to get my weaving skill to the exacting standards I expect of my products, however the learning is never done! I am constantly building on that knowledge, creating new designs and experimenting with new ways of doing things.

  1. Where do you look for inspiration to come up with new concepts and designs?

My greatest source of inspiration is the Scottish landscape. I am at my happiest when I am out for a walk in the hills, and this love of the natural world translates into everything I do.

When I am designing a tweed, this is reflected in the colours I choose, and the woven patterns and textures I combine to create an impression of the land it represents.</