Amy Bond at Amy Bond Woven Textiles
Amy Bond’s career is one full of colour and creativity but also tradition and structure – not only has the young award-winning weaver set up a successful business producing colourful woven textiles in her Glasgow studio, she also passes on a thousand year old Scottish craft teaching workshops right in the heart of the country’s historic weaving industry, Paisley.
Amy has been going from strength to strength ever since graduating from the Textile Design course at Glasgow School of Art. Having always had a love for arts and crafts, colour and drawing, she initially applied for the Painting and Printmaking course but was accepted into the textile course instead. During her four years at GSA she learned about different aspects of textiles, from knitting to embroidery, but ultimately fell in love with the structured and almost mathematical process of weaving. After graduating in 2015, she had the chance to exhibit her work at New Designers London, a trade show featuring break-through design talent and was awarded the Texprint Top 50 Designers award.
With strengthened pride in her craft and a good dose of encouragement, she returned to Glasgow, initially doing different work placements in the industry to gain experience and then deciding to take the big step into setting up her own business. Working for herself was certainly not always easy but with the help of the 2017 Scholarship from the Incorporation of Weavers Glasgow, hard work and dedication Amy now gets the satisfaction and acknowledgement she was looking for.
Her love for colour features strongly in Amy’s products, she enjoys experimenting with different, unusual combinations as well as texture:
There is a lot of preparation setting up the loom, choosing colours and yarn – it actually takes quite a bit of time before you can start weaving. But all the work that goes into the end-product, seeing it come together from a single strand of yarn, really makes you appreciate it.
Amy’s unique way of blending traditional craft with colourful contemporary design resulted in her products now being featured as part of the Shop Local initiative at the new VisitScotland iCentre on Buchanan Street in Glasgow. Feedback has been very positive and Amy is delighted that visitors can take home a vibrant, contemporary piece of Scottish tradition.
Scotland is just such a historical country, especially for weaving, I’m really drawn to the fact that I am Scottish and that I’m continuing this Scottish tradition. It is great that there is the support in Scotland for creative businesses and people, everyone just wants to make sure that Scotland’s creative industry thrives and it is great to be a part of that.
There certainly is never a dull moment for Amy, she is constantly looking for inspiration, colours and textures in her surroundings. When she isn’t setting up her loom in her studio or weaving, she is passing on her passion for her craft to people and communities during weaving workshops she teaches in Paisley and Glasgow. She wasn’t initially interested in teaching but when the opportunity arose during the Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture Bid, she jumped at the chance. She takes great satisfaction in working with people from different backgrounds and walks of life, teaching them not only new skills but also seeing the benefits in participants’ social skills, confidence and even mental health – something she finds very rewarding and a nice change to the very regimented process of weaving.
Even though working in her studio and teaching is keeping her busy, Amy shows no sign of slowing down in her ambitions. In the future, she would like to expand the reach and visibility of her products with more stockists and also extend her workshops to different locations and communities:
The possibilities are endless with weaving. The sky is the limit, things might work out or not but you have to just try.