Julia Complin is a woven textile designer/maker originally from London, but now living and working in Fife, Scotland. She produces handwoven scarves, wraps and throws on a large wooden floor loom. These are one off pieces of art or form part of small limited editions.
Designs are influenced by Scotland’s textile heritage, including the history of linen weaving in Fife. Inspiration for colour and pattern comes from exploring the rich natural landscape around Scotland. Julia has a passion for walking and exploring the countryside, taking photographs of the remote hillsides, exposed coastline and the details of natures little wonders.
From land to loom to luxurious handwoven textiles.
Two collections are produced a year using lambswool and alpaca for autumn/winter fabrics and cotton and linen for lighter weight spring/summer days. Yarns are sourced as much as possible from the UK. The lambswool comes from mills in Shetland and Yorkshire and the alpaca from Devon. A wider range of dyed alpaca also comes from South America. Cotton yarn is from the USA and beautiful linen from Sweden.
It is a slow and careful process hand weaving textiles. From designing, preparing the loom, weaving and hand finishing one of Julia’s scarves can take up to 4 days to make. A shawl or wrap may take 5 days and throws even longer.
Drawn to non-symmetrical patterns both in nature and in her weaving, Julia enjoys the challenge of creating fabrics that explore smaller complex weave patterns within larger blocks of changing colours and textures. She strives to produce quality products that will last and be enjoyed for many years to come.
Julia also enjoys sharing her skills and runs weaving projects and workshops with primary schools, community groups, Craft Scotland and other events around the UK. She has since gone on to develop a weaving kit for children.
A little bit of Julia’s history.
Brought up in London, Julia moved to Fife in 2003 with her family. As a young girl, she was taught to sew and make her own clothes, but later became much more interested in the structure and texture of fabrics and how they were made. After gaining a degree in geology and working in the field for several years she decided to re-trained and specialize in the traditional skills of hand weaving. As a freelance textile designer much of the 1990s were spent designing woven fabrics for the home furnishing and car markets, working with mills in Europe and the USA and exhibiting at trade fairs. After the arrival of her son Hector in 2000, Julia felt the need to re-evaluate her business and now designs and hand weaves her fabrics through to the finished product, taking the time to produce something beautifully crafted.