I’ve been weaving since I was eight years old and studied weaving at high school, gaining an “A” and “O” Level in Weaving.
Most of my life I’ve woven for myself, friends and family, but after attending Bradford College, in the UK, to study Hand Woven Textile Design, I set up Alison Yule Textiles and have been designing and hand weaving bespoke fabrics for interiors and fashion.
Since 1983 I’ve been teaching an evening class in weaving spinning and dyeing and running workshops across the UK for large and small groups as well as one to one Masterclass sessions.
My work has won awards with Bradford Textile Society, and I’ve won awards from the Arts Council and Design Factory. I’ve been selected to exhibit at galleries across the UK and in Paris and have been selected to exhibit at 100% Design in London for 4 consecutive years, as well as at Maison et Objet in Paris.
I 2006 I co-authored Creative Spinning with Jane Deane which was published by Gaia in October 2007.
I create art pieces for the wall in my hand woven fabrics, that fuse contemporary design with traditional fibres and techniques. Each piece is richly textured, but with a simplicity of design that sits very comfortably in a contemporary setting Passionate about using natural fibres with simple, traditional weaves, I like to give the pieces impact by incorporating areas of texture and unusual colour combinations. My inspiration can come from almost anywhere, but I’m particularly drawn to nature and my local landscapes. Plants and flowers, whether exotic or grown locally have always excited me, and the challenges of transferring a 3 dimensional form into, what is essentially, a 2 dimensional canvas are what I thrive on!
Recently, I have been exploring the use of plain weave with linen and inlayed texture, dyeing my yarns to give very ethereal lighting effects, inspired by the light on water and through foliage, at different times of the day or night! These will be woven into decorative, but functional pieces to be displayed in windows or as room dividers. Other concepts I’m exploring are the use of plain weave and texture to produce representations of portraits as simple, woven line drawings of the body or as simple comic like images of the face and combining wool and linen yarns with double cloth to produce pleats and tucks.