DISCOVER THE STORY
BEHIND THE TEXTILES
SIOBHAN (SHIV) MARTIN
I launched Shiv Textiles in April 2018, my vision was a contemporary textiles studio with sustainability at the forefront. Slowly and organically my independent business has grown to the point of specialising in ethical woven textiles, short courses and workshops, unique contemporary homewares and lifestyle products that are designed to educate and complement their environments.
The studio aims to rediscover how local businesses can thrive alongside global manufacturing companies. The key to supporting our community is producing locally while inspiring and investing in creative community-driven craft workshops. I am committed to celebrating the art of weaving whilst simultaneously reinventing elements of the craft to make my pieces unique. Over time I have increased the efficiency of my production processes, with careful consideration of my environmental impact.
My journey began as an intern within the textiles and fashion industry whilst studying at the University of Brighton. I saw the amount of waste that was left behind and knew I had to start designing in a different way.
I started contacting British mills & factories and buying their deadstock by the kg, this includes yarns, zips, threads, leather and buttons. This way of creating products never gets boring as you have to think on your feet and design with what you have. Every box of up-cycled materials that lands in my studio is a small personal victory to me.
The materials that I receive are used in my weaving workshops and to create handwoven cushions, blankets and scarves. Any leftover fabric from these products gets turned into purses and pouches making us an entirely zero-waste company! I want to change the perceptions of upcycled and sustainable products have to be beige and boring. I want to honour the beauty of the fabric by educating customers about their origin. I do this by celebrating their unique worth in both my products and during my workshops.
Products are designed, woven, sewn and finished in Brighton for the finest of deadstock and upcycled materials.
Woven fabric designs are sampled using an 8 to 16 shaft table loom and a 4 shaft Leclerc Colonial floor loom. Choose fabrics are developed further and manufactured using a Dornier rapier loom, all in Brighton! Some of the fabrics are hand-washed with great care and sometimes felted for a beautiful finish. All products are hand-sewn, checked, labeled and packed in Brighton, East Sussex.
We Create Unique Handwoven Designs To Inspire The Interior & Fashion Market.
We use a mixture of different fibres and colours, matched with traditional and innovative weaving techniques to produce trend-led seasonal collections of experimental handwoven fabric samples. These unique designs can be used as fabric development, trend research and textile inspiration. Our contemporary designs come in a range of different styles and weights which are suitable for the womenswear, menswear, interior, couture and Ready-to-wear market.
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Rodhus Creative Studio,
16-30 Hollingdean Road,
Brighton, East Sussex
Monday - Friday 10:00 - 4:00
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