My name is Cally Booker and I design, weave and teach in my studio on the top floor of Meadow Mill in Dundee on the east coast of Scotland.
My approach to making is centered on my love of working with yarn: I can think, design, plan for months, but it is only when I am testing my ideas at the loom that they come to life. I use personal projects to develop my weaving skills. When I have an idea that keeps me up late at night and wakes me up early in the morning, then it pushes me to try new weaves and new ways of working with old favourites.
I then use this repertoire of techniques to develop small ranges of handwoven products, such as scarves and cushions, which are all made by me. Commissions are welcome, whether you are looking for a scarf in a particular colourway or for several metres of fabric in a bespoke design.
My inspiration ranges from the art of Paul Klee, through the stained glass windows of Dundee’s Cathedral Church of St Paul, to the graffiti in the skatepark.
Since completing an HNC in Handwoven Textile Design at Bradford School of Arts and Media in 2007 I have kept a blog of my weaving life: you can read the latest entries here.
I am a contributor to the weaving blog on Craftsy.com and have written articles for the Complex Weavers Journal,WeaveZine and WeaveCast. From 2008 to 2013 I served on the Editorial Committee of the Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, including time as Weaving Features Editor in 2009-11 and as Chair in 2011-12. I am currently serving as president of Complex Weavers.