Bristol & Somerset-based enterprises Bristol Textile Quarter CIC, Botanical Inks, Fernhill Farm, Dash + Miller Ltd and The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd join forces to produce the Bristol Cloth:
Fernhill Fleece: Jen Hunter and Andy Wear
Fernhill Fleece employs a best practice guide to growing and harvesting British wool, maximizing wool production from commercial farmers close to Bristol and the South West who are committed to transparent holistic management standards. Growers are mapped to offer full traceability and new methods of extracting the best fibres at shearing (such as pre-lamb blade shearing and Autumn shearing of lambs) will be encouraged.
Fernhill Fleece will ensure that the raw fleece supplied for the Bristol Cloth has been quality graded, tested to international standards and washed biologically to retain natural fleece structures.
Botanical Inks: Babs Behan
Bristol based founder of Botanical Inks, Artist/Designer Babs Behan uses natural pigments & materials to make biologically nutritious designs as part of an eco-centric creative process.
Botanical Inks forage native, British plant-based materials and create colourfast textile dyes without the use of synthetic chemicals or metals.
Babs Behan is responsible for co-producing the Bristol Cloth project, along with Emma Hague from the Bristol Textile Quarter.
Botanical Inks will create a range of naturally-dyed yarns to complement the beautiful un-dyed fleece colours supplied by Fernhill Fleece.
Bristol Textile Quarter and Working Wool: Emma Jane Hague
Founded in 2014 by Emma Jane Hague, Bristol Textile Quarter CIC (BTQ) is dedicated to supporting Bristol's textile community and building a more resilient local textile economy in the South West. BTQ provides access to workspace and equipment as well as the space and opportunity for local textile makers, designers, fibre farmers, students and graduates alike to meet, connect and forge meaningful collaborations.
BTQ will be facilitating the Bristol Cloth project and its engagement with the wider Bristol community. The Bristol Cloth was born out of wool awareness-raising project Working Wool, now administered by Bristol Textile Quarter CIC (BTQ).
Bristol Weaving Mill; Franki Brewer and Juliet Bailey
The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd. is a new production sampling facility specialising in the production of high-quality woven fabrics based in the heart of St Philips, Bristol. Launched in 2015 by Franki Brewer and Juliet Bailey, owners and directors of internationally renowned Bristol based woven textile design studio Dash and Miller Ltd, the Bristol Weaving Mill will serve both local, UK and international clients within the fashion and interior industries.
The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd will work alongside Dash and Miller Ltd to design, develop and produce the Bristol Cloth to the highest possible ethical production standards and the lowest possible carbon footprint. Designed on hand-operated weaving looms in the Dash and Miller Ltd studio in collaboration with the Bristol Textile Quarter and local community, the fabric will then be woven to order at The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd on pedal-powered weaving looms.
http://www.bristolweavingmill.co.uk/ coming soon....