My design influences are diverse, they include colour field painting, primitive tribal textiles, such as the Kuba cloth from Zaire and Nigeria, the indigo resist dyed Ndop cloths from the Cameroon, indeed everything around me is a potential influence. I like to be involved at the beginning of a scheme before producing a design.
One has to listen to the client and the designer to get a feel for what the project is about; what they’re visually sensitive to. Designing carpets is complex. They should ground the interior and pull everything together; they’re not pictures. They have to lie on the floor happily, you have to envisage how the furniture will be used and the mood.
My carpets are made in central Turkey of hand spun wool woven on traditional looms, often combining pile and Kilim. My fabrics are hand-dyed, and appliquéd or embroidered by hand. I’m always looking at new techniques, processes and approaches; I love textiles, their history and application, at the moment I’m fascinated by Indian quilting techniques.