What materials and techniques do you use?
I use traditional and contemporary materials, such as wool, cotton, linen, silk, ramie, bamboo, paper, monofilament and other man-made fibres. I include many traditional weave structures alongside more unusual ones.
What is your specialisation?
I am probably best known for my deeper dimensional textures as I have written a book about it, have a free newsletter series explaining the first steps for it, and have exhibited my sculptural works internationally.
© Colin Usher
Is weaving losing relevance?
No. It is becoming more and more important as a way of connecting people. Moreover, weaving has a capacity to use the whole brain and helps with being in the present moment. It also engages rhythmic muscle patterns (muscle memory), which is good for the body’s equilibrium and the brain’s health.
Do you think passing on your knowledge through teaching is important?
It’s not so much about the passing of the knowledge, but rather about being able to unlock other people’s potential and creativity through the medium of weaving. For me, it is important to empower them to be able to express themselves and enjoy both the process and the creativity that weaving can offer.