Jenny Wilkinson

Jenny is a textile weaver who creates rugs, blankets and throws from the finest natural wools and yarns. One of her predominant materials is Shetland wool she shears from her own flock of Shetland sheep on her Exmoor farm. The natural colour of the wools range from black to pale grey which Jenny also colours with natural dyes. These either come from plants on her farm to create yellow, gold or greens or from more exotic herb and spice merchants to achieve hotter colours from indigo, madder, brazil wood, cochineal, pomegranate and weld. Jenny is active in the production of every piece from the raw material, to the spinning, dying, the weaving and the finishing so that each piece is imbued with the hand of the maker.

In the weaving process the wool maybe combined with other hand-spun threads such as Omani sheep and goats yarn produced by nomadic herders, or camel hair used for the warp. Some pieces may also include Irish or Scandinavian linen.

Designs are drawn from the structure of the weave itself and are informed by other influences such as the environment and paintings by abstract expressionists such as Rothko and Newman and the work of Josef Albers. Ultimately though her textiles are drawn from her deep association with the land, hedgerows, woodland and its conservation - contemporary work that is also deeply rooted in ancient techniques and traditional working practices.

Jenny who has been weaving for forty years started her textile journey with a chance meeting to a rug merchant as a child. This was followed by seven years of study with Peggy Angus and then St Martin’s School of Art. Jenny is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and has exhibited work extensively across the UK.


 

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