gael sellwood botanical natural history art

maker

As far back as I can remember, textiles, be they fabrics or yarns have held a fascination.   Always drawn to silks, cottons and wools, I loved the colours and feel of natural fibres. 



Favourite places were sewing rooms of my grandmothers, and a very happy childhood memory is of slowly going through the contents of my mother’s sewing basket. With a number of excellent seamstresses and knitters in the family there was never any question in my mind about my need to sew and make. I was taught to knit by a great grandmother after seeing her knitting a complicated baby blanket involving a leaf motif. My first efforts aged about 8 were slightly haphazard but I was determined to master the craft and I haven’t looked back.
Favourite places were sewing rooms of my grandmothers, and a very happy childhood memory is of slowly going through the contents of my mother’s sewing basket. With a number of excellent seamstresses and knitters in the family there was never any question in my mind about my need to sew and make. I was taught to knit by a great grandmother after seeing her knitting a complicated baby blanket involving a leaf motif. My first efforts aged about 8 were slightly haphazard but I was determined to master the craft and I haven’t looked back.