Woven textiles from Ceredigion
Llio James is a textile designer specialising in weave. Her fascination with textiles began at an early age, inspired by the two weaving mills in the small village of Talybont where she was raised. She went on to study at Manchester School of Art and later Bath Spa University, then gained experience working in the weave industry before returning home to Wales.
Llio begins by creating designs from paper – experimenting with colour, shape, scale and proportion. She then transfers the design to her loom, hand weaving her design samples in her attic studio. Once she is happy with her design, she works with an independent Welsh woollen mill to produce a short run of woven cloth, which is then made into cushions and blankets.
Born and bred in Ceredigion, Llio is heavily influenced by her surroundings and as such her work is inherently of this place and time. Now living by the sea in Aberystwyth, her most recent collection is inspired by maritime signaling flags, whilst the influence of Welsh textile designs remains strong. The individual designs take the names of local rivers, including the Ceulan, which also lends its name to an abandoned woollen mill situated along its banks.