Woven Studio for British Textile Week
Woven Studio was founded in 1997 by creative director Laura Miles. With over 20 years’ experience in the field of woven textiles, the studio has worked closely with established brands worldwide, providing both hand-woven sampling and digital consultancy. Fairtrade and ecological solutions for the textile industry are at the heart of the studio.
The studio has four handlooms to weave jacquard and dobby. The studio holds an extensive range of fancy and plain yarns.
Creative Director Laura Miles comments on the impact of Covid-19 on business and how the studio has adapted to working in a virtual world: “We have been hit quite badly by the Covid pandemic: our main markets were the USA and also India for consulting. I decided to spend lockdown creating a new website where we could sell our designs online, www.wovenstudiolondon.com. We are focusing on more daywear fabric for Autumn/Winter 2021. We believe that finally sustainability is becoming important in textiles and where possible we work with recycled and organic yarn suppliers.
Our head designer Hanna Vinlof-Nylen (pictured) has been brilliant and created a new WOVEN studio website that enables us to upload the full collection, clients can then view this in a password protected area. We are also able to collate selections of work to fit a particular brief.
We have started selling again in the last couple of months and feel that business is slowly starting to pick up again.
Before lockdown I had started to work on a collection of resort wear working with a women’s weaving collective in India. I have been growing the collection and hope this will become a bigger part of our business. The collection is called MAIA and can be found at www.maia-london.com
I have also decided to turn the front part of our design studio on Caledonian Road (in London) into a shop to sell the MAIA collection and also hold small exhibitions of textile related artworks. This is due to open in late September”.
UKFT’s British Textile Week is a digital showcase of the craftsmanship, imagination and innovation of the UK textile industry.