How did I end up being one of a tiny handful of people hand-tufting rugs in the UK? I love design and I love rugs and always have – it might be that. Or perhaps, after decades of traveling the world as a tour guide, working as a freelance and exhibiting photographer and working in film, this seems like another suitably drastic change of direction.
I’ve spent three years learning, experimenting, failing and succeeding, getting to know how tools and materials work, and how I work as part of the process. It’s just what I do now – design the rugs I’d want to buy. I love it, and I hope it shows.
I love it because each rug is uniquely beautiful. I design and make everything individually, either a one-off as part of a very small collection, or as a completely bespoke commissioned piece – so you will never, ever find one of my designs on anybody else’s floor.
I love it because I get to create what I would buy – individually designed, really high quality last-a-lifetime-rugs. I love finding inspiration everywhere from the cool contemporary Scandi aesthetic to the colour-overload of Bolivia and translating it into a beautiful object to live with.
And I love where I work, in a studio at the revived Portland Works, an old cutlery factory, the very spot where stainless steel was invented and that is now home to a new breed of makers, in the heart of God’s Own country.