Heather Shields is a Glasgow based woven textile designer, specialising in vibrant contemporary fabric and homewares. Her striking patterns and playful approach to colour reflect a variety of influences; unusual juxtapositions, contrasts and beauty in the unexpected remain at the forefront of her design work.
Heather graduated with a BA (Hons) in Textile Design from the Glasgow School of Art and in December 2014 she was selected to join the Craft Council’s Hothouse programme for emerging makers.
Heather’s affinity with weaving began at art school, where she immediately became fascinated with the physical practice and the endless possibilities for experimentation, through fibre, structure and colour. The meticulous nature of weaving challenges and satisfies her drive for technical perfection and quality. Weaving involves rigorous experimentation with design and materials, and slight changes to these variables can have an equally subtle or dramatic effect so that the process is a constant mission of discovery.
Luxurious lambswool and a double cloth construction, of two layers of cloth simultaneously woven, ensures her fabrics are thick and cosy but retain a strong graphic edge. Heather uses both traditional and electronic looms and processes to create her work and loves nothing more than watching the design build up pick by pick in front of her eyes.
Heather’s cushions and blankets are bold statement pieces – however her instinctual approach to colour and proportion provide a subtlety, creating textiles which celebrate the charm of everyday objects. This colour sensibility means Heather’s products do not rely on seasonal trends and are designed to be treasured for years to come. All fabrics are either hand woven or made in small batches at bespoke local mills, here in Scotland. This ensures all products are made to the highest quality and produced in a sustainable and ethically responsible manner.