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YGT INTERVIEWS Weaver + Designer Lucy Davidson of Peas and Needles

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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.

Why weaving?  

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.

I feel like I have a very particular colour palette which I am currently trying to step away from. I’m experimenting with different colours and other ways of creating texture in my work. I love to create items that people want to touch. I think I aim to do that in most weaves.

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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…

I’ve just started to rent a studio space which has been great, but I still do most of my weaving at home. I have looms and wool in both spaces but I go to the studio mostly for the ‘day job’ and fit in bits of weaving here and there. I would love to have a studio space large enough to run my workshops from and have all my looms and materials in one place eventually.
In terms of materials, I try to get all my wool from charity shops and on eBay. I love the surprises associated with second hand and I like buying everything in this way. I also think it’s good to use other people’s unwanted materials.

What kind of challenges do you face as a small business owner?

It’s mostly not having enough time and putting too much pressure on myself. At the moment I don’t have the right work/play balance so am working on that. I do find it extremely hard to stop sometimes.
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What do you do when you’re not working?

I live in Brighton with my fiance in a flat that is literally been overtaken by balls of wool. We love it here and we are so close to the town, and its so great to pop out into the busy North Laines. We’re lucky that Brighton is constantly filled with creative things to do and see, and then if it all gets a bit too busy we can pop down to the beach. It really is the best place to live.
Last year I started to learn ceramics. I’m pretty addicted to it, I also love that this is a craft for me. I don’t make any money from making pots and I just get to enjoy it. There is no pressure with it. I also love to hang out in our big blue van; we’re currently doing it up and waiting for the warmer days so we can go on some trips.  

Tell us about your workshops…

My weaving workshops are for beginners. They last about three hours and teach you how to warp and weave on a lap loom so that you come away with a lovely woven wall hanging that’s personal to you. I love teaching these classes as everyone who takes part weaves something completely different. I definitely find that my students inspire me in this way.

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.

 

Find more here
peasandneedles.co.uk 

 

 

 

Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth