Araminta Campbell was founded by Araminta in 2014. She remains the Creative Director and key designer and still loves to be involved in every stage of the making process, whether that is training a new handweaver in the studio or creating a custom woven design for a client.
“The quality and story behind a hand crafted item is something that cannot be rivalled. In this world of mechanical development, I feel that the appreciation for handmade items is growing. My passion for hand weaving has developed through my work and experience. Being self taught in weaving, having graduated with a degree in embroidery, I am able to approach the structured nature of weave organically. I love the complex and mathematical design required and I try to push the boundaries of my knowledge by creating new designs and challenging the limits that can often be very restricting in weaving.
“The luxury is in the detail, from the beautifully finished selvedge and delicate tassels of a hand woven item to the use of the finest sustainably sourced alpaca. I know that each and every thing I produce meets the absolute quality my customers expect, I am able to achieve this by being involved in every aspect of my products from the design to attaching of the label.”
It was tradition that sparked Araminta’s early interest in textiles, thanks to the tweed and tartan she saw at special family occasions. Much of the rest of her childhood was spent exploring nearby fields and building dens in the woodlands surrounding her home in Aberdeenshire. This was the start of the appreciation of Scotland’s natural beauty that would come to shape her work.
Araminta discovered the full creative potential of textiles at secondary school. This led to a degree in Fine Art Embroidery from Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2011, during the final weeks of her course, weaving captured Araminta’s imagination. From then, every spare moment was spent teaching herself the art of weaving, following her artistic impulse, and challenging the limits of what she could achieve on a loom.
After graduation, Araminta’s patient exploration of weaving continued. These years of self-taught technical skill and artistic vision have inspired an approach that pushes the boundaries of traditional manufacture and design. In 2014, Araminta produced the first Araminta Campbell collection, combining unique artistry and craftsmanship with her love of nature and Scotland’s rich heritage. These remain the key inspirations for every collection.
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