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From Land to Craft


In March of this year, we were delighted to announce a new annual competition to find an artist in residence for the Daylesford Estate. Taking the natural materials, traditions and craftsmanship used and celebrated on the Estate as inspiration, artists were asked to submit concept imagery and sketches for work they would create during the residency.

We were overwhelmed by the number and calibre of entrants, but the panel of judges including Bamford and Daylesford Founder, Carole Bamford, The New Craftsmen’s Natalie Melton, Natalia Miyar interior architect and designer, and journalist Tamsin Blanchard, reached a decision to award textile designer Ellie Williams the residency.

“We were absolutely delighted to announce the winner of our first From Land to Craft artist-in-residency for the Daylesford Estate. Ellie’s application was sensitively handled, taking into consideration the ethos of the Bamford brand, centring around artisanal craftsmanship, sustainability and respect for the environment, which was combined with such a wonderful sense of aesthetic and design, that the judging was unanimous,” commented Carole Bamford.

During her residency, Ellie is creating a collection of six naturally and hand dyed linen fabrics, which will be exhibited at the Daylesford Harvest Festival on the 23rd September. Evoking the atmosphere of the Cotswolds, each piece will be hand dyed using the Shibori techniques, an ancient Japanese dyeing method, that typically involves folding and twisting cloth, to produce unique colour and pattern variations. Three weeks into the residency, Ellie was able to show us some of her beautifully hued initial dyeing experiments that she has created using berries and plants foraged from the estate’s woodland and the Market Garden. We are very much looking forward to seeing more of her exceptional work as the residency progresses.

Bamford is committed to nurturing traditional crafts and artisan skills, ensuring they remain alive and loved. The From Land to Craft residency is the first in a number of initiates and exhibitions that we will be holding this year, celebrating makers and their skills.