Jo Mitchell – designer/weaver
I’ve always loved yarn. As a child, my mother had a friend who owned a wool shop, we would often go there after school and I loved the wonderful array of yarns, the colours, the textures, even the smell! My mother taught me to knit, patiently picking up all my dropped stitches.
Years later after moving from Wales to the West of Ireland my interest in textiles was rekindled. I taught myself to spin my own yarn, which in turn has fuelled my passion for handweaving and natural dying.
Taking my inspiration from the ever changing, wild landscape and the colours that surround me, I weave contemporary pieces using time honoured techniques for you and your home.
I create my woven products on a traditional floor loom using carefully selected natural fibres, in particular lambs wool and linen. Some of these yarns I naturally dye using foraged and homegrown plants such as nettle, woad and marigold along with ethically sourced plant extracts and indigo.
Sustainability is important to me and in todays fast paced, throw away world, I like to think that my handwovens will become timeless classics that will be worn and enjoyed for many years to come.