Celebrating Weeds

Hello! A lot has been happening in my work at Bellacouche.  Firstly, I have been celebrating the weed, and this is the first of my weed hats, sold very quickly before I got on to my second!! I have become a Parish Councillor as I felt (as I do!)  there was an urgent...

Thinking about soil

To set the scene, here’s a poem by the wonderful Matt Harvey: Much Ado about Nothing Don’t spoil the soil.  You’ll foil the toil  of all who shuffle round this mortal coil. Clean it from under your nails and off vegetable skin, but keep it clean from...

Community Supported… Textiles?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is now a growing phenomenon.   Can we look to a similar model for more sustainable textiles? Click on the link below to read the article published in September 2016 in Felt Matters (International Feltmakers Association magazine)....

Grazing animals versus industrial livestock

There are some basic principles we need to consider when making lifestyle choices about the food we eat and the clothes we wear. Most articles and books about food and agriculture do not link to textiles, which in my opinion should be part of this discussions.  So I...

The Power of Feet Felt!

Click the link below to read my article published earlier this year in the International Feltmakers Association magazine, Felt Matters.  It’s about how I interpreted the ancient legend of how felt making began, and turned it into a powerful experience to be...

New Wave Textiles 

This article is dedicated to Tim Green, who died in February 2017 Over thousands of years humans have had such an impact on the landscape in the UK, it is hard for us to recognise now what is ‘natural’ and what is man-made.  We are so used to seeing the uplands...