I was recently interviewed for Warp and Weft Mag's Field Notes series, where I write about my practise and the origins of inspiration behind my work, you can follow the link below to have a read;
My first experience of witnessing Hand Woven textiles was at the exhibition 'Weaving and the Wild Feminine' by Imogen Bright Moon of Bright Moon Weaving Studio, ONCA 2018. I was 18 years old and completing an art and design foundation at Brighton College. I'd been focusing on illustrative drawing and printmaking and loved the intricacy and intensity of creative work. But everything changed the moment I placed foot into that exhibition space- a woven sanctuary of beauty, powerful femininity and raw creative alchemy of a level I had never witnessed first hand. Imogen and I stayed in touch, she was kind enough to give me a skein of yarn, a drop spindle and a cardboard loom. The only tools that were needed for the start of this sacred journey.
For the next 2 months I openly and aimlessly started to learn the crafts of spinning and weaving. I used my spindle upside down and made looms by placing nails on my bedroom walls- but piece by piece I began to unravel all that I knew about being a woman. I was divinely clueless. Pictured above was the final outcome from those blissful weeks of play and youthful joy. On the 1st of May, or Beltane for some of us, I went to an Ancient and sacred grove of Yew trees a short bike ride from my childhood home. It was there that the Forest taught me the ways of Weaving and Womanhood. I found a confidence there that has never left me for these old silent watchers installed in me an energy of deep ancestral knowing that I was born to work my hands and spirit through this craft.
In 2019 I was blessed to continue my Woven journey. Imogen asked if I would like to take part in a 6 month Hand spinning and Weaving apprenticeship where I would further learn the processes of fibre to cloth. Looking back, they were the 6 months that shaped me and my path. It was my initiation into Womanhood, marked by my 20th birthday half way through our time together.
I could write for day after day about the learnings and magic of my time with Imogen. However I created a blog that is still available, please follow the link if you would like to know more about those months; Weaving Apprenticeship Blog; Luna Rose
Around 2 and a half months after starting my apprenticeship I completed my first woven piece using a Rigid heddle loom. After the birthing of my first woven being Imogen lead us to Brighton Beach to hold a ceremony that celebrated my initiation into the Woven Dimension. The piece was soaked in the Ocean to be blessed by the Selkies and Great Whale, circles were cast to honour the process and I found my place as young women weaver, Mantema Hashilli Nanichito.
I am now 22 and living on the Western side of Dartmoor, England. Even now as I write the landscape is ensconced in a wild storm, with horizontal rain and heavy winds. These expressions of the elemental beings form the basis to the inspiration behind my work.
My practise is one of engaged spirituality. The loom is my alchemical tool and one that allows me to bring through my experiences into the physical realm. My intention has always been to create bespoke textiles that provide warmth, comfort and a sense of holding.
As the global landscape continues to transform, my intentions for 2021 are to create collections under the conversation of 'Weavings for Transformation; a homage to change'. Pieces that can serve as sanctuaries to nestle in and find peace within the eye of the Storm.