Using heritage rug making techniques, in particular the rare and unusual technique of Standing Wool or 'Quillie', craftswoman Gill Curwen creates rugs, wall hangings and a wide variety of interior textiles, using recycled and sustainably sourced wools. Gill has been a textile designer/ maker for the past 20 years, after completing a BA(Hons) in Floor Covering design. She combines commissions, public art projects, fibre festivals and teaching with her own independent practice. Her specialist technique, Standing Wool or 'Quillie' has been largely unknown and rarely seen in the UK and she is passionate about reviving this 'lost' craft.
Her work takes its influence from natural flora and fauna, from the colours and textures of the landscape and from abstract patterns and forms such as mandalas.
Prior to moving over the border, Gill was a member of The Wool Clip - a Cumbrian women's co-operative for textile artists working with wool, founders of the well known UK wool fibre festival 'Woolfest'.
Year Established: 2010
Publication of an article in International Rug Hooking Magazine regarding the art of the Quillie Rug and my work is also featured in a new book just published in the US called 'Coils, Folds, Twists and Turns: Contemporary Techniques in Fiber' by Tracy Jamar.
I will be teaching at Reeth Rug Retreat this year. Reeth Rug Retreat is an internationally attended rug makers residential that takes place in Yorkshire. Tutors teach there by special invitation only.
In my first year of attendance at the Wonderwool Fibre festival in Builth Wells, my stand won acclaim as best in show.