TARA OSBOROUGH

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TARA OSBOROUGH

TEXTILE DESIGNER AND COLOURIST



Tara specialises in woven fabrics for the interiors market and exclusively uses British wool, thereby producing more sustainable pieces. 

After completing a BA and an MA in Textiles for Interiors she established her studio in the South Downs. Tara frequently visits Ireland where she has also undertaken private commissions. Her work is applied to both traditional and contemporary interiors for private homes and commercial architectural projects. 




Tara weaves one-off bespoke pieces with throws and cushion covers being her most collectible items. She works closely with her discerning clientele to produce a distinctive colour palette, matching their exact requirements. She uses specialist dyeing techniques and creates hand woven textiles; having explored dyeing extensively, she dyes the warps prior to weaving thus producing an unique effect; rarely seen in todays market. Her colour mixing is evocative of the Irish landscapes where she grew up and from where she takes much of her inspiration.

In 2013, Tara won the prestigious New Designers Sanderson Award and was awarded by Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (part of the Royal Warrant Holders Association). By way of recognition from her industry peers she was awarded the Textile Society Award for her postgraduate collection. 

She first gained commercial experience with Jude Cassidy, a renowned Irish hand weaver. More recently and, as a result of her unique use of colour, she has been working with Zoffany. As a QEST scholar she was invited to design a throw for Johnston’s of Elgin for their new London store.


SHELLEY ANDERSON

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SHELLEY ANDERSON

COPPERSMITH



Jeweller and craftsman Shelley Anderson first started toying with metal in his dad’s garage and went on to study Silversmithing and Metal Fabrication at Falmouth College of Art before achieving recognition for his restoration work from the York Conservation Society. As a native of the industrial fishing port of Newlyn, Shelley is acutely aware of the copper heritage in the area and is determined to maintain the legacy. In 2010, he joined Michael Johnston of The Copper Works in Newlyn and continues to learn the traditional skills of the coppersmith, whilst bringing a contemporary eye for design and function using innovative techniques. His work is inspired by roaming the coastline and landscape of West Cornwall and, by working in different metals and, frequently recycled materials, he allows the end result to be free, spontaneous and organic.

Shelley has a great ability on a range of projects such as bringing a lobster to life, replicating every minute detail in copper or working alongside Michael on larger commissions such as a major decorative roof feature for the new £19 million lecture hall at Eton College.