Rebecca Connolly

England

About Rebecca

Rebecca has Welsh heritage and was born in Wales, where she still has family. Rebecca now lives in Cirencester in the Cotswolds.

This summer Rebecca will complete a BA (Hons) in Textile Design, specialising in weave for interiors, at Bath School of Art and Design (Bath Spa University) as a mature student.

Rebecca entered the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition 2014, winning an award in the British Wool Section for a woven blanket fabric. At the ceremony, she received a special award from the Campaign For Wool to further her experience in the textile industry.

Her designs were exhibited in the Campaign For Wool’s fifth anniversary exhibition at Southwark Cathedral, London in autumn 2014. Her work now appears on the Campaign For Wool’s online OneWool Gallery. Rebecca has been selected for the Cambrian Mountains Wool Challenge 2015 as a Designer/Maker of hand-woven upholstery cloth.

Rebecca is fascinated with traditional textile manufacture; she has been approached by the Cotswold Conservation Board to create weaving courses as part of their rural skills program. She is a member of the Stroudwater Textile Trust whose aim is to promote the area’s industrial heritage, particularly concerning wool and weaving, keeping Mills open to the public.

Rebecca is passionate about wool, specifically working with the diverse yarns made from British sheep breeds, and uses natural plant dyes over chemical dyes whenever practicable.

Rebecca’s two looms were acquired from the late Eileen Chadwick, ensuring that their craft making will continue…