New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond
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Weaving found Lesley Frankland at college and she has endeavoured to have a loom somewhere about ever since. Lesley says:
I love the challenge of weaving. It can be a very simple, or very complex process. There is always room for surprises. It is technical and precise, but can give amazingly fluid results. The design has to include the structure of how a fabric will be, its weight and handle, as well as the texture, colour and pattern.
Inspiration comes from the constantly evolving colour and texture of the world around - the small differences, the seasons, the mood. Whatever the end product, Lesley's woven fabric design aims to capture this sense of movement, colour quietly singing.
The natural qualities of silk, wool and linen yarns are explored to create beautiful woven fabrics. Silk is wonderful for scarves. It is luxurious, soft against the skin and drapes beautifully.