Stella Benjamin

Stella Benjamin began weaving when a studio assistant to the artist and jeweller Breon OCasey. She weaves on an upright frame-loom the Navajo way, using a slow tapestry technique in which the warps are fixed top and bottom and the weaver drops the work down gradually. The method allows her to work out rug designs actual size on the loom, for she draws only a rough outline on paper before embarking on a piece. Stella Benjamin uses imported, hand-spun goat-hair, which she dyes to her own colours for each rug. She sells chiefly through exhibitions such as this, happier realising her own sequence of ideas than fulfilling commissions.




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