What do recycled plastic bottles have to do with handwoven rugs?

Who wouldn’t love to see less plastic bottles going to waste?

I know that I’d love to see this unnecessary strain on our troubled planet eradicated in my lifetime. A first step towards this is to stop buying plastic bottles. A second is to support this initiative by Sadiq Khan to have more water fountains to re-fill reusable bottles. However, none of this is going to happen over night, and we are stuck with an abundance of plastic bottles to recycle.

So what does this have to do with handwoven rugs? Well, it turns out that an innovative yarn, PET (polyethylene terephthalate), is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, and also has the look and feel of wool. How brilliant is that!

Not only does it have the look and feel of wool, but it’s also waterproof, hardwearing and in a nutshell, a perfect choice of yarn for a handwoven rug for modern living.

Over the past 12 months I’ve been busy working on ways to give more people the opportunity to have an Angie Parker Textiles colour bursting rug in their living space, and outsourcing my designs to be handwoven oversea’s is an ideal way to achieve this. (I only hand weave around 10-12 rugs each year and quite a few people have expressed an interest in a more accessible product from me). Choosing a yarn to fit the bill led me to PET, and the rest is history…..or rather, the future, as I’m expecting my first consignment of limited edition rugs in the next few weeks!

Now for the exciting creative part. Which of my bespoke rug designs did I choose to launch this new strand of my weaving practice?

Well, it simply had to be a typical riot of clashing colour and pattern didn’t it?  And although the original is currently bringing a burst of uplifting colour to the living space of a lovely London couple, I’ve used elements of my first Bodacious rug to start the ball rolling.

I designed a second Bodacious earlier this year (using the Krokbragd rug weaving technique once again), with added pops of glitter and an asymmetrical pattern to create a clear distinction between the originals, which are handwoven by myself in my Bristol studio, and the limited edition designs which are handwoven by skilled weavers in India.

Here are a few shots of the original and I look forward to sharing the new rugs with you in the next few weeks. I also hope to get them on sale before mid December if anyone is looking to gift some vibrant handwoven colour this Chr**m%s. (I don’t mention that word in November!).

 

The bespoke handwoven rugs created in my Bristol studio for exhibitions and to commission will remain at the heart of my practice.

 

Inspired by the street art in my South Bristol neighbourhood, the new rugs will be bursting with uplifting colour.

 

With over 20 years experience of designing in Krokbragd, this traditional Scandinavian rug technique was the perfect choice.

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You can see archive shots and the progress of new rugs on my Instagram page here.