MA Textile Design, Chelsea College of Arts 2015
As a weaver, Rowenna's work is tied to the history and story behind the technique, but during her MA at Chelsea she constantly strove for innovation and started to explore the world of craft and how it relates to wider design in our modern society
Rowenna's fabrics bring together the best of traditional technique, rural materials, innovative design and urban inspiration. Each piece incorporates colours, geometric patterns or structures from my dynamic city environment, whilst also celebrating the heritage of British weaving through contemporary design.
Her instinctive approach, love of colour and technical ability means she is always trying to push the boundaries of weaving. She is also passionate about sustainable design methods, often using locally-sourced wool, making products which last.
Awards and residencies:
Laura Ashley Family Foundation Scholarship for MA Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art 2014/15, The Campaign for Wool Award at Bradford Textiles Society competition 2015, Funding from the Worshipful Company of Woolmen for materials and fabric development 2015, Commendation in the British wool category at Bradford Textiles Society competition 2015, The Textile Environmental Design (TED) award for Sustainable Design and Craftsmanship 2015, The 2015 Cockpit Arts/ Clothworkers’ Foundation Award
"My hand-crafted products allow homemakers to create their own distinctive and cosy living environment. All of my designs tell a story. And all of my fabrics offer something unique. My brand celebrates authenticity, innovation and contemporary design. "