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Lucy Macdonald

  • Arra Textile
  • Weaver
  • Kincardine O'Neil, United Kingdom
  • Rising Star
Lucy Macdonald Weaver
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True local ties

  • • Lucy uses native plants for natural dying
  • • She combines traditional tapestry techniques and digital methods
  • • She sells an interior collection with her designs

Lucy Macdonald launched her label Arra Textiles in 2016 after studying Design for Textiles in Scotland and Finland. At first, she produced all her pieces by hand and sold them directly to customers at exhibitions. Since 2020 she has developed an interior collection and commissioned a small sustainable mill in Bristol to implement her designs. "I'm delighted to have found a mill with fully acceptable production conditions”. By gaining time and freedom, she can devote herself to the further development of her free work and to creating new masterpieces. In preparation for the Collect Open 2022 exhibition, she has been developing the series Season of the Sea for the past two years, trying out new techniques and even spinning her own wool and dying it. These artworks are inspired by the seascapes and landscapes of her home in Scotland.

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  • © Yeshen Venema
  • © Lucy MacDonald
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Photo: © Yeshen Venema
Artisan Blanket

In shades of soft merino wool these blankets are woven in shades of blue inspired by summer evenings spent on golden sands.

Length 230 cm
Width 170 cm
Height 0.5 cm

Photo: © Yeshen Venema
Oceanic 1.2, Winter Storm 1.2 and Upwelling 1.2

These handwoven textile artworks were made using locally sourced hand spun wool that was dyed with locally foraged plants.

Length 76 cm
Width 57 cm
Height 4 cm

Photo: © Lucy MacDonald
Ebb Throw

A bright, bold handwoven throw inspired by shallow seas in the spring with vivid blues, aquas and a strong orange for contrast.

Length 176 cm
Width 120 cm
Height 0.5 cm

Photo: © Yeshen Venema
Ripple Cushion

Inspired by winter walks by the coast in shades of British wool including ecru, stone and flint. Each handwoven cushion is unique with a complex repeat pattern undulating across the fabric.

Length 57 cm
Width 57 cm
Height 25 cm

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