Wildflower Weaver is the perfect name for Izzy for so many reasons and excuse the pun but this is one wildflower you want to see grow and grow and grow at Farfield Mill. Many creatives have varied paths to their career and lifestyle, but artists like Izzy who stand true to what inspires them are a joy to be around. Izzy car shares to work at Farfield Mill because the space is so important to her and every inch of her studio made my soul sing as you survey all the items that make her work so beautiful.
Izzy lives amongst nature surrounded by growing fruit and vegetables and her lifestyle is reflected in her weaves. Purchasing second hand yarns, spinning and dyeing her own and following the Slow Cloth Movement, this is weaving from a truly natural feel. Her choice of colours reminds me of a gorgeous Cumbrian flowering rockface and a Bronte inspired Yorkshire landscape and the subtlety of the combinations is full of depth.
If I could highlight one thing about Izzy and the other artists at Farfield Mill, it is that their work is bespoke and unique and created with a true passion for what they do. It is not mass produced and every penny you spend on their items goes to ensuring their particular craft does not die out. Izzy cares about her environment and owning one of her shawls, I can imagine, would make you feel like you have your very own little piece of the Howgill Fells landscape wrapped around you.
Coming from a textile background myself, even I had no idea to be honest, just what it takes to create a woven piece of cloth from a handmade point of view. So much work goes in to the creation of the yarn and the preparation of those yarns together, before it even gets on to a loom. Then with a handloom, the weaving is about patience and dedication, as opposed to a machine whizzing past on auto.
The level of detail is worth a second look when you see Izzy’s pieces and I do recommend going to Farfield Mill to actually see them in person to appreciate their beauty, but you can follow her online also in the meantime until you can get there.