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Debby Kirby | Silk Weaver | June – My summer scarf collection


June – My summer scarf collection

2nd July 2017

Summer has definitely arrived, and with it a glorious array of flowers. Bright colours are everywhere at the moment and it’s inspiring my recent selection of textured scarves. I love celebrating the seasons through what I create, and so I present to you my summer flowers collection…

These scarves have been flying off my workshop shelves and I only have a couple left, but I’m now weaving some new colour ways which I hope will be just as popular.

My other piece of news is, as some of you know, I was selected to be part of Making Dorset. This is a long term initiative by Dorset Visual Arts, which launched this weekend with an exhibition of all 50 makers at a new, beautifully renovated venue near Dorchester. A book has also been published with all the makers in and this can be purchased from their website, and any future events I’ll make sure to promote on my Facebook page.


May: new woven pictures, the start of June’s scarves and announcing an exciting upcoming project

4th June 2017

May has been a busy month for my loom and I. I’ve recently completed a new range of collaboration work with my lovely husband, Jez, who takes beautiful photographs of nature and landscapes, which I then cut into thin sections and weave back together. I hand dye the silks so they accurately compliment and highlight some of the colours of the photographs. Here are a few from this new collection, some of which have already sold, but the rest are framed and available to buy from my workshop at Walford Mill Crafts.

I’m now working on a new range of scarves, taking inspiration from the fabulous colours which are popping up this season. Sweet peas are a main inspiration at the moment; they not only smell fantastic but their colours are vibrant and cheerful. I’m yet to weave these, but here you can see the silks I’ve dyed in preparation. Make sure to check my Facebook page for regular updates and more images.


Finally, I’m excited to announce I am part of Making Dorseta new long-term initiative beginning with a book and exhibition of 50 selected Dorset makers. The book launch and exhibition will be at Wolfeton Riding House, Charminster, nr. Dorchester, on the weekend of the 01 + 02 July following a special preview on Friday 30 June. More information to follow on my website’s home page and Facebook page.

February: A month of collaboration

7th March 2017

February proved to be a productive month for me, and there was a reoccurring theme of collaboration running throughout.

I took a trip to Northumberland, which provided plenty of inspiration for a new collection of scarves. The colours I found there were fresh and muted, the perfect colour palette for the start of spring. I particularly enjoy reflecting the seasons in my collections, and I hope to continue to evolve my colour ways as the seasons change.

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Myself and Dorset artist and art tutor Alison C. Board are currently creating some new collaborative works. Over the past few years I have invented and perfected a method of weaving strip of paper, and this has led to collaborations with artists and photographers. To see the making process in some short videos please visit our Facebook pages, and below you can see some images of the first painting on the loom:



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And to round off the collaboration theme, Walford Mill Crafts has just opened their current exhibition ‘Two Make,’ a touring show which “plots the shared output of ten pairs of established makers who have created new work together. The partnerships are diverse, ranging from life-long friends, makers working together for the first time, makers who wanted to learn new skills, and a couple working together over the pregnancy and birth of their daughter.  Exploring the process of collaboration, sharing ideas, working through problems, encountering risk, and exploring uncertainty, the project responds in diverse ways to emotional connections between the makers, and their shared engagement with their creative worlds.”

It’s an inspirational exhibition, especially the sketchbooks and notes exposing the processes behind each collaboration. The exhibition is running until 23rd April.

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A new collection

22nd September 2015




So, September is here, there is a nip in the air and the evenings are getting shorter so naturally my thoughts are turning to Christmas and the preparation of new collections to present in my workshop. I’ve had a lovely few weeks weaving up new images in collaboration with my husband Jez, they look back at our beautiful summer here in Dorset and so I am surrounded by poppies, daisies and woodland.

Several have already made their way back to the workshop but I am waiting for another delivery from my framer Lorraine at Wimborne Picture Framers and I’m looking forward to displaying the variety of both mounted and framed pieces that will be available to you all.

Currently on the loom are a new range of scarves which are being made exclusively for the ‘Adorn’ event here at Walford Mill on Wednesday 30th September. The Mill will be open from 7 until 10p.m. and I am pleased to announce that I will be offering 10% off al purchases throughout the evening. I do hope you can make it, it will be lovely to see you.

Further collaborative work with Alison C. Board

13th May 2015

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Following on from our successful collaboration last year, Alison and I have been busy, developing lots of new ideas – I have just finished weaving a lovely selection of Alison’s beautiful water colour paintings, which will feature in an upcoming exhibition in June.
The theme of the exhibition is Gardens, and Alison has concentrated on a variety of studies of flower heads. I have really enjoyed dyeing up a rainbow, random dyed warp, which suit the soft colours beautifully.

We have also been developing our more abstract pieces with Alison hand dyeing water colour paper to which I then add gold leaf, and highlights of my own hand printed paper. The colours of these pieces range from vibrant hues of pinks, reds and golds, to soft shades of silver and pale gold.
I am so looking forward to seeing them when they have been mounted and framed, they will be available in my studio very soon and details of our exhibition will follow shortly.

You can see more of Alison’s work on her website www.alisoncboard-fineart.co.uk and our joint work on the Collaborations page.