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©Catarina Riccabona

Catarina Riccabona

  • Weaver
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Master Artisan
Catarina Riccabona Weaver
©Yuki Sugiura

The art of textiles

  • • Catarina worked in translation before weaving
  • • She creates intuitively with no previous design
  • • She strives for eco-friendly creations

Weaving came to Catarina Riccabona while she was studying textile design after having previously studied and worked in translation in London. It was a need for something more creative that led the Austrian-born to her craft. Receiving the Cockpit Arts/Clothworkers' Foundation Award in 2012 gave her the chance to start her business by accessing a shared studio, and getting advice from the Cockpit Arts team. She now specialises in hand weaving, working on a large traditional floor loom; her work is as environmentally-friendly as possible, and she enjoys small irregularities and other elements that result from a making process that involves hands and soul. Working intuitively, each of her pieces is unique and spontaneously made.

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Handwoven throw

This handwoven throw features different textures through a variation of weave structures and materials, such as crisp linen and soft alpaca. The little tufts on the face of the throw mark the joints of the weft yarns - in this case remnants from previous warps - and form a distinct design feature. The back of the throw is smooth. Catarina re-incorporates such remnants to minimise yarn waste.

Height 103 cm
Length 180 cm

Photo: ©Levin Haegele
Paper Yarn Panel

Detail of a handwoven wall hanging made from various paper yarns and raffia. The warp yarns are warm and earthy colours into which lighter accents were woven using a technique called extra weft. Two solid brass bars, stitched in by hand along the top and bottom edges on the back, hold the piece in a slightly stretched position and provide an easy way of hanging it on a wall.

Height 154 cm
Width 89 cm

Photo: ©Levin Haegele
Paper Yarn Panel

This wall hanging was handwoven using flat, slightly twisted paper yarn in the warp and a combination of paper yarns and raffia in the weft. The properties of these yarns are rigid. They are unruly on the loom and give the resulting piece a character totally different from 'normal' fabric that drapes. The block design is an exploration of geometric patterns, with an emphasis on joyful irregularity.

Height 192 cm
Width 109 cm

Photo: ©Levin Haegele
Handwoven throw

This throw was handwoven using a block draft which enables the weaver to apply different weave structures side by side. With this technique it is possible to bring about subtle (as well as more distinct) variations of colour. While the width of the blocks is fixed once the loom is threaded up, the length of the blocks remains flexible.

Height 185 cm
Width 123 cm

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