100% MERINO LAMBSWOOL.
BRITISH WOOL. BERLIN DESIGN.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Emma is a British-American weaver who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011. She has worked internationally across the textile industry in the UK, Germany and India, and she opened her Neukölln studio in 2013 after moving to Berlin.
Emma has a keen passion for textiles and natural fibres. She enjoys blending the softness and gentle tactility of these natural materials with defined and bold geometric aesthetics.
After training as a weaver for 5 years in England, I suddenly found myself living in Berlin almost by accident, without a job and without speaking German. It was a daunting experience, and I didn’t know what the right path to take was.
Faced with this uncertainty, I found myself missing elements of home back in England, especially the comforting cosiness and tactility of British wool cloth and the materials I had spent so many years working in direct contact with. I wanted to get back in touch with these materials and with the process of weaving, so I bought a loom and 100 kilos of wool, set up a makeshift studio in my living room and started weaving. It was certainly a unique way to work, with the loom crammed into the corner, and endless cones of wool piled high next my dining table.
For the first few years, I was weaving all my cloth by hand and sewing it into cushions. I wanted to focus on all the comforting elements of wool that I was naturally drawn to, and that trickled down into the products I chose to make – cushions, blankets, and products that would help soften a home. It was a wonderful chance to experiment with cloth quality and to properly define my design aesthetic. Having the freedom to weave all day and night was really liberating for me, and I was able to fully immerse myself in developing my brand. The city of Berlin was (and continues to be) an endless source of inspiration for my designs – I love the straight lines and right angles of the architecture, the large, bold structures and the peaceful kind of symmetry that I see in the buildings.