My name is Marina. I'm a textile and fibre artist based in Bath, England, dyeing and spinning one-off and small batch yarns and fibre, as well as knitting and weaving unique pieces. When I was little, both of my grandmothers taught me to knit (I forgot how in between!), and I've loved woking with yarn and textiles ever since.
My professional background is in publishing, where I worked in sales (and hated it) before moving over to print production and editorial. I loved copy editing and proofreading, so when I quit my full-time job to focus on making and freelance work, I wanted to keep my hand in. I now tech edit knitting patterns, which is a perfect combination for my skills!
I am always conscientious in my work, as in my life. Minimising waste, reusing materials where possible, and sourcing high-quality fibre as locally as possible are hugely important to me.
Commissions and collaborations
In addition to the ready-made items available in the online shop, I hand-dye, card, spin and weave to order. I love to work with farms and other textile artists and crafters.
Do you have an idea for a wall-hanging that would complete your home decor? Maybe you have wool from your own sheep you'd like hand-dyed or spun with care into yarn? Or are you a weaver looking for the perfect materials for your next project? Please get in contact if you'd like to enquire or request a commission.
Collaboration focus: Bright Moon Weaving Studio
Imogen of Bright Moon Weaving Studio, based in Brighton, approached me to create some yarn for her to weave into pieces for her exhibition, Selkie, Weaving and the Wild Feminine. We worked together, with Imogen blending up natural fibres in their native colours and subtly plant-dyed shades, then sending these to me in batches to spin into textured yarn. Imogen then combined these varied yarns with vintage threads and yarns from other hand-spinners plus some commercial warp yarn to weave into heavily textured large pieces with depth and subtlety.
You can read a conversation we had about textiles and our work together that Imogen shared on her website.