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Kharis Leggate

Handweaver (Home is an Island) & Account Manager (J&S)

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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationUnited Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsWeaver - Account Manager - Textile Designer

About me

Handweaver, writer and artist based on the small island of Bressay in Shetland. Colour, texture and feel of each handwoven piece is created intuitively as I absorb all of these elements from the landscape, light and a very personal connection with place. Being an islander is such a strong part of my identity but I also love experiencing 'off island' environments - rivers, mountains and lots of trees for example, I feel I see these with completely fresh eyes as they are such a contrast from the places I know by heart. My work develops first from capturing my personal response to place through writing, photography and a little sketching. Sustainability in making is a very important part of my work, with careful sourcing of all materials being a priority. I've mainly used Shetland wool so far but I'm keen to explore other types of breed specific fibre from the UK and eco-friendly plant fibres such as flax, along with recycled yarns. Mainly creating textiles for interiors. I also share some of my writing through the blog on my site - on place, nature, authenticity and creative process. This is an area in which I'd like to expand. In both making and writing I'd be interested in working to commission and in collaboration. I'm currently artist/maker in residence at The Steeple, Newburgh in Fife. I'm using this time to get back to basics with weaving, looking at the subtle variances between different fibres, exploring an environment quite different to Shetland and making connections with other creative people in the area.

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Skills

  • Hand Weaving
  • Creative Writing/blogging
  • Photography
  • Ethical Design
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Client/customer Interaction
  • Practice-led Research

Work history

Currently

Handweaver, Writer, Artist & Owner

Home is an Island

Apr 2016
  • United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • Handweaver, writer and artist based on the small island of Bressay in Shetland. Colour, texture and feel of each handwoven piece is created intuitively as I absorb all of these elements from the landscape, light and a very personal connection with place. Being an islander is such a strong part of my identity but I also love experiencing 'off island' environments - rivers, mountains and lots of trees for example, I feel I see these with completely fresh eyes as they are such a contrast from the places I know by heart. My work develops first from capturing my personal response to place through writing, photography and a little sketching. Sustainability in making is a very important part of my work, with careful sourcing of all materials being a priority. I've mainly used Shetland wool so far but I'm keen to explore other types of breed specific fibre from the UK and eco-friendly plant fibres such as flax, along with recycled yarns. Mainly creating textiles for interiors. I also share some of my writing through the blog on my site - on place, nature, authenticity and creative process. This is an area in which I'd like to expand. In both making and writing I'd be interested in working to commission and in collaboration.

Currently

Jul 2015
  • United Kingdom
  • Full Time

2013

Social Care Worker

Shetland Islands Council

Jul 2007 - Dec 2013
  • United Kingdom
  • Full Time

Education

2015

BA(Hons) Contemporary Textiles

University of the Highlands and Islands

Sep 2014 - Jun 2015
  • United Kingdom
  • 2:1

2007

Sep 2004 - Jun 2007
  • United Kingdom

Awards

2015

My Country Business Awards - Emerging Talent using British Wool

Country Homes and Interiors Magazine

  • Won for my graduate collection of handwoven cushions and blanket designs using Shetland wool. www.homeisanisland.co.uk/press/