TAL­ENT SPOT

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Show­cas­ing her de­but collection at this year’s Decorex show, weaver Camilla Thomas cre­ates beau­ti­ful hand-wo­ven soft tex­tiles in­spired by the spec­tac­u­lar scenery of the North Wales coast. A collection of merino wool throws and cush­ions, Tidal Sands seeks to cap­ture the mag­i­cal, mul­ti­sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence of Camilla’s favourite place, An­gle­sey, from ‘the evoca­tive light, rip­pling off the waves and shapes of the land­scape, to the pal­ette of soft sea blues and stony greys stud­ded with the dark or­ange of the crab dot­ted peb­ble coast­line,’ she says. ‘Even in win­ter I could watch the sea and the sky for hours. It can be re­ally dark and dra­matic, es­pe­cially in a storm, and we can just hear the light­house bell tolling above the roar of the wind. I’ve been vis­it­ing since I was a child and now we have a fam­ily hol­i­day home there.’

While the pieces are cre­ative ex­pres­sions of a sin­gle mo­ment, the tech­nique it­self took longer to dis­cover, as it was only in her for­ties that Camilla first sam­pled hand-weav­ing, dur­ing a tex­tiles de­gree at Manch­ester Met­ro­pol­i­tan univer­sity.

‘The re­al­i­sa­tion that I was mak­ing a fab­ric from just yarn and a loom was in­tox­i­cat­ing and I was hooked from then on.’ Pas­sion­ate about the her­itage be­hind the craft, Camilla uses the tra­di­tional process and chooses high qual­ity, nat­u­ral fi­bres, such as merino wool, so that the pieces can be cher­ished for gen­er­a­tions. (camil­lath­omas­tex­tiles.com).

From top: Hand­wo­ven Seafront cush­ion, £40; Rock­pool cush­ion, £120; Sea Front throw, £288

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