School of the Arts, English and Drama

Working with business

Award-winning designer-maker offers hand-weaving workshops – preserving British heritage
Award-winning designer-maker offers hand-weaving workshops – preserving British heritage
Award-winning designer-maker offers hand-weaving workshops – preserving British heritage

Creating sumptuous bespoke hand-woven fabrics and sharing traditional skills

  • Weaversmith

Award-winning designer-maker Emily (Woven Textiles, 2010) established Weaversmith following an internship with renowned woven textile designer Margo Selby.

Despite the possibility of joining the company, Emily decided to take a leap of faith and go it alone.

In January 2013, she exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London, with the Society of Designer Craftsmen – and was invited to sell her work at the Informed Design Shows.

Supported by the Studio, she now runs hand-weaving workshops and develops gorgeous bespoke hand-woven fabrics.

In an age of throwaway fashion, Emily is keen to preserve traditional skills by teaching others how to enjoy the creation of fabulous fabrics.

What’s more, Emily is employed by the Worker’s Educational Association (WEA) and many of her workshops are offered in collaboration with WHM Work Connections whose work supports adults with disabilities.

Milestones and awards

  • 2013 

    Amongst the third cohort of Studio tenants

  • Awards 

    Emily has won a number of awards including the Entrer Prix Award (2013); UnLtd HE Social Entrepreneurship Try It or Do It Award; Mollie Makes Handmade Award for Social Enterprise (2014)