Fiona Daly is a contemporary textile designer maker and handweaver based in London.
Fiona creates bespoke handwoven textiles using natural, undyed, local wool for homewares. She specialises in shaft weaving using her manual Dobby loom – a traditional skill at risk of dying out. Her work is inspired by patterns found in traditional Shetland textiles, a love of wool and sustainability, a fascination with exploring weave structures and the story of different sheep breeds. She also combines her handwoven cloth with her screen-printed sheep illustrations. She is strongly influenced by her time spent in the Shetland Islands and continues to use natural Shetland wool sourced direct from the islands.
Her current collection, Nordic Lumber is inspired by patterns found in a 1930s traditional Nordic lumbercoat. She creates a range of blankets and cushions handwoven using natural, undyed British wools backed with Scottish linen. Fiona is currently based in South London. Fiona also works as a weave and textiles tutor. [see curriculum vitae details below]
Training and Experience
2013 - 2016: Studio Resident at Process Studios, Edinburgh
2013 - 2016: Weave tutor at Process Studios, Edinburgh
2014 - 2016: Weave Workshop Assistant at Garvald Edinburgh
2011: Handweaver and Studio Assistant at Ballytoughey Loom, Ireland
2005 - 2009: BDes(Hons) Textile Design, National College of Art & Design, Ireland
2013: European Wool Masterclass Bursary with Crafts Council of Ireland, at Rambouillet, France
2012: Weaver in Residence at ASF Shetland, Shetland Islands