Meet the Maker: Rowena Mason


Meet the Maker: Rowena Mason

 

It’s hard to convey just how special Rowenna Mason’s handwoven cushions really are; the level of skill and amount of work and attention to detail that goes into making each one is astonishing. Tactile, and luxurious, combining traditional methods of making and materials with modern geometric patters and colour combinations, each cushion is an exceptional piece of craftsmanship.

Rowenna Mason is an award winning weaver, creating distinctive hand-woven products for contemporary interiors. She is currently based at the UK’s leading business incubator for designer-makers, Cockpit Arts.

Rowenna’s fabrics bring together the best of traditional technique, rural materials, innovative design and urban inspiration. Each piece incorporates colours, geometric patterns or structures from London’s dynamic city environment. Her vibrant designs celebrate the heritage of British weaving through contemporary design. Rowenna takes a fluid and instinctive approach to weaving, pushing the boundaries of the craft to create bold patterns.  

Rowena Mason: Cushions inspired by London

Rowena Mason: Cushions inspired by London

Innovative, authentic and modern

All of Rowenna’s monochrome cushions are handwoven using natural undyed British wool. The varying tones of yarn accentuate three-dimensional patterns, reflecting urban architecture. 

Rowena Mason: Monochrome Cushions

Rowena Mason: Monochrome Cushions

Rowenna’s love of unique colour palettes can be seen in her colour cushion collections. Each cushion is handwoven using bright pure new wool, complex weaving and trimmed with stylish contrast piping.

Rowena Mason: Colour Cushion Collection 

Rowena Mason: Colour Cushion Collection 

"As a weaver, my work is tied to the history and story behind the technique, yet I have always been encouraged to pursue innovation within textile design. During my MA at Chelsea I began to explore the world of craft and how it relates to wider design and society. I wanted to challenge established views of craft; in particular I explored themes like ‘innovative vs traditional’ and ‘urban vs rural’. Craft is a varied spectrum of making and I want to celebrate different elements of this, both the traditional and the contemporary. My work is inspired by London architecture, yet uses wool. I also use traditional hand-weaving, yet modern geometric forms. Something exciting happens when opposites come together."

The Campaign for Wool celebrates the beauty, practicality and endless versatility of real wool within interiors. ONEWOOL is their campaign for wool promotion. Rowena Mason is featured in their gallery as one of the very best items in the wool interiors industry today along with many other of our favourite designers at the Chelsea Design Centre.