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The Studio: A little bit ‘quirky’ Ashleigh’s Slater's studio is first and foremost a working studio however it also welcomes visitors to browse between the looms at an array of beautiful crafts made by local artisans, we also have tweeds and tartan created on site.
"Don't be afraid to come into the studio?" says Ashleigh, "we are open to the public - we might look busy, with yarn or shuttle in hand… however, we’re never too busy to stop and talk to our clients and explain this unique venture and share our passion for the arts and crafts.”
Tartan Design: Breacan Caledonia - formally warpweftweave studio EST 2012. The studio designs bespoke hand-woven tartans for families, businesses and corporate clients. The hand-crafted tartans are woven on traditional hand-looms, weaving scarfs and stoles. The studio also designs, and sources manufacture of the tartan in various weights for clients. The studio's primary focus is now the three T's - tartan, tweed & tuition. The studio is always committed in every design aspect, and every client is as unique as every hand-woven piece of cloth woven in my studio in rural Perthshire, Scotland. Due to the bespoke nature of Ashleigh’s work he can make scarves, wraps, small lap blankets & cushions to order. Ashleigh designs all the hand-woven tartan setts to become mill-woven if required, and the studio continues to weave the hand-woven tartans to date in the studio. Ashleigh also offers a unique service where he takes looms into workshops, so far these workshops have been successfully run at schools and working with care homes and day-centres to create a unique experience helping older people with dementia.
Where Now: Ashleigh at present is doing his Postgraduate course with the aim of becoming a socially engaged crafts practitioner in 2020. At present Ashleigh is developing his practice in the socially engaged arts this is just parts of his skill set he is a trained Masterweaver and graduated with a 2.1 BDes Hons from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design (DJCAD) in 2012. Since then Ashleigh has run numerous projects and has engaged with the community on multiple projects, and some of these projects are still ongoing. Ashleigh has a range of various skills, to help you design and create dynamic weaving workshops. When not in the studio can be often found in and around Perthshire in various workshops sometimes able assisted by his weaving assistant. Together they can run day workshops or get involved with regular activities to help you establish your own textile journeys, from tartans to tweeds weaving is an excellent therapeutic befit and be applied to many areas Ashleigh and his team have taken loom into care homes a worked with clients to create tartans for a day-centres. Some project only requires a day’s interventions, or we can facilitate large ongoing projects when needed.
For further information regarding workshop facilitation or advise in your project, please email.