Mary Restieaux
Mary Restieaux

Mary Restieaux might call what she does an obsession or a compulsion, but she would never describe it as work! Her long and successful career as a weaver began when as a child she found fascination in the look and feel of cloth and clothes. Some years later at Chelsea College of Art she was experimenting with dip-dyeing her warps before she even knew about Ikat techniques, and her love of colour was born. She found that nothing could match the brilliance of warp-dyed colours and that painstaking though the process might be, it had excitement and an unpredictability as the warp moved when wound onto the loom. The feathering between the colours combined with their intensity has been her preoccupation and enthusiasm ever since.

Mary joined First Eleven Studio in 1991 where she rose to the challenge of designing for industry.

Among many other things, she worked as a colourist and consultant for Missoni and Hervé Leger. One of the colour ranges she designed for Hervé was inspired completely by her other infatuation - her garden in London, where she lives and works.

Over the years Mary has maintained an active life in the crafts world, designing fine art pieces and has received international awards. Her work is in many collections both here and abroad, including the V&A and the Contemporary Art Society in London and the Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan. In 2005 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and in 2011 was made a Royal Designer for Industry, the award for excellence conferred by the RSA.

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