With over 25 years’ experience Julia Complin is a handwoven textile designer/maker originally from London, but now living and working in Fife. Her passion for creating designs through the structure of woven cloth came first from studying geology and then later handwoven textile design.
During the 1990s Julia designed fabrics for the fashion, interior design and car industries, working with manufacturers around Europe and the USA. Overtime her interest in perfecting her craftsmanship skills meant a move away from industry to developing her own use of colour and pattern and she now runs her own small self-employed business. Today she combines her love and understanding of the shape of the landscape and the natural world with creating handwoven textiles. Designs for scarves, shawls and wall hangings are inspired by the rich colours of the countryside in Fife and elsewhere in Scotland.
Julia’s work is also influenced by Scotland’s textile heritage, including the history of linen weaving in Fife. Woven on a large wooden floor loom, each design is a one-off piece of art or forms part of a small limited edition. Designs include a blend of British wool with alpaca or linen and cotton. She also has a passion for sharing her skills and regularly runs weaving projects and workshops for primary schools, community groups, Craft Scotland, Art in Action and the Heritage Crafts Association.