YGT INTERVIEWS Weaver + Designer Lucy of Peas and Needles
Lucy Davidson is a blogger, designer, small business owner and weaver from Brighton. Influenced by her home town, its eclectic charity shops, the relationship between handmade and digital and her fiancee, also a creative, Lucy creates gorgeously tactile pieces for hanging and displaying that bridge the gap between art and craft. By merging a traditional discipline with trending contemporary aesthetics and modern design sense, Lucy strikes a wonderful balance that appeals to many other creatives. People come to her for one-of-a-kind, sustainably-made pieces with which to decorate their homes, and to learn the skills she has mastered in intimate workshops and via her craft and lifestyle blog, Peas and Needles.
As a freelancer, Lucy balances her weaving and homewares business with graphic design work. She also has a knack for ceramics, creating small pastel-toned pieces that she showcases on her beautiful Instagram feed. Lucy’s work is timeless, comforting and in some ways, empowering. Weaving has, for many years in may cultures, been considered a domestic undertaking, something necessary but also requiring patience and practice. By blending this often female-orientated tradition with modern business sense and a unique flair for design, Lucy’s weavings have become sought after, as have her skills, as her sold-out workshops will attest. We caught up with her to find out more about her handmade pieces, her entrepreneurial attitude and what she has planned for this year.
I’ve always had a thing for textiles, since I was a kid. My Mum taught me to knit and sew at a young age so I think for me it was a natural progression. Its also such a lovely break from my design work, taking time away from the computer. Weaving was a craft I picked up about four years ago and it just stuck. The repetitiveness is very calming and you can experiment with all kinds of yarn and fabrics. I just love how simple it is.
When did you start working for yourself?
I became a freelance designer five years ago but have run my blog for a lot longer than that. I wanted an output for my craft and my blog was a perfect place to focus on that. I do wish I had a bit more time for it, but at the moment there are a lot of other bits and pieces that end up taking over.
Tell us about your workspace and your materials…
What kind of challenges do you face as a small business owner?
What do you do when you’re not working?
Tell us about your workshops…
I have also recently started teaching on looms that my Dad has made which is so special to me. I teach in Brighton, London and Bristol at the moment but I’m always happy to travel. I’ve just listed a bunch of new weaving workshops so you can find all my classes listed here.
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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth