Bonny Claith by Cally Booker

Cally Booker of Bonny Claith - Dundee, Scotland

Cally Booker of Bonny Claith – Dundee, Scotland

 

Bonny Claith is Scots for ‘beautiful cloth’. It is handwoven in Dundee on the east coast of Scotland by Cally Booker.

 

 

The process of turning yarn into cloth is rich with opportunities for experimentation and happy accidents. Weaving can be meticulously planned or improvised at the loom, and a combination of these approaches appeals to the different parts of my nature.

I like to work in series, planning in detail the warp I will put on my loom, which may form the basis of five or six different pieces. Then I begin to improvise. I choose unexpected colours, I adjust the pattern, I respond to what I see taking shape in front of me. In this way I build a micro-collection of individual but connected pieces.

Much of my inspiration comes from the cityscape of Dundee, from the grandeur of its waterfront setting to the small details of quirky buildings and everyday living.

I am passionate about making things by hand. Handweaving is not a single process but a sequence of processes, and each step has its own pleasures and challenges. I find a deep satisfaction in handling every individual thread, discovering surprises in the interaction of warp and weft and, ultimately, realising my vision as woven cloth.

 

Cally Booker's Bonny Claith handwoven throw Scribble soft green, Scotland

Cally Booker’s Bonny Claith handwoven throw Scribble soft green, Scotland

 

 

Cally Booker's Bonny Claith handwoven blue scarf Deep Harbour - Mairi Helena Photography

Cally Booker’s Bonny Claith handwoven blue scarf Deep Harbour – Mairi Helena Photography

 

 

Cally Booker's Bonny Claith Urban Shorescape, open weaving sample, blue - Mairi Helena Photography

Cally Booker’s Bonny Claith Urban Shorescape, open weaving sample, blue – Mairi Helena Photography

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Comments (2)

  1. Welcome to Artizan Made. Your work is gorgeous. The pillows that are featured remind me of the seedpods from Southern Magnolias. I taught high school art for years and often had my students draw them. When the dry they have the slightly velvety felted look that pillows that you have woven have. I love them.

    Dianne

    • Cally 11 months ago

      Thank you, DIanne. I love the texture of fulled, brushed wool – sounds as though I would love your seedpods too!

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