My name is Kirsty Isabella Morris, and in the next few months I will be opening an Etsy shop for my handwoven jewellery.
I have two goals for this site and blog. The first is provide some background for my jewellery, such as my inspiration, my design processes and how it’s made. I hope this will be interesting and insightful and give each piece a story. The other aim is for this to be a sort of online sketchbook where I can put my thoughts, ideas and experiments and write about my journey in the lead up to opening my Etsy shop and beyond. This should also tie in nicely with my first goal.
I’ve been drawing, painting and making things for as long as I can remember. I have my mum to thank for that, she was doing the same her whole life.
I focused on fine art for the first half on my education and got an A-level in the subject. But then I did a foundation diploma in art and design (a normal step between A-levels and Bachelor degrees for art students in the UK). I was introduced to all sorts of arts that I’d never done before, such as ceramics and textiles. When it was time to specialise I was torn between textiles and jewellery design. In the end I chose textiles and continued on to university, further specialising in weave and natural dyes.
Now I’ve found a way to combine the two subjects that I love with woven jewellery.
My aim for my jewellery is to be well made, on trend and very unique.
I enjoy having to work with the restrictions of weaving – figuring out how to get that curvy design using a fairly basic loom is a great challenge. It takes a good amount of time to plan and calculate a design and to get a warp on the loom before you can actually start weaving it, which makes seeing your fabric come in to existence right in front of your eyes even more exciting! Dyeing, on the other hand, is more instantaneous (for the most part): you can wake up in the morning wanting to dye, and by the evening it’s dyed, dried and ready to use. With natural dyes it’s usually not quite so quick, but even more magical – watching some wood chips turn yarn a deep purple or warm pink depending on the pH of the water makes me feel like an alchemist. There’s an earthiness to the colours produced by natural dyes, too, which you don’t get with synthetic dyes. And you can never get the same colour twice as even the weather can affect it, making every batch unique.
But for now, thank you for having a look at my website and please subscribe or follow me on social media using the buttons to the right if your interested in joining me on my journey.