Jade Ogden is a handweaver based in Mendip, Somerset. She has a BA in Creative Arts from Bath Spa University and an MA in Community and Participatory Arts from Goldsmiths University. Jade studied handweaving at the Handweaver’s Studio in London and has been developing her practice over the last decade.
Jade has a range of handwoven scarves, accessories and soft furnishings, with various combinations of geometric patterning. Primarily working with undyed, regeneratively farmed Shetland and Romney wool, sourced less than 10 miles from her home, high in the Mendip Hills.
Using holistic farming techniques and UK processors to maintain traceability throughout the fleece to yarn process, this wool is truly local and sustainable. The sheep are regeneratively farmed, which means that through their continual grazing in nomadic-style flocks, they actively restore the natural biodiversity of the landscape.
Jade is a member of the South-West England Fibreshed, a community of textile growers and producers working together to explore and expand the production of home-grown textiles and garments as part of a healthier and regenerative textile ecosystem.
Jade gratefully takes commissions for scarves, soft furnishings, artwork and is happy to discuss any ideas that you may have.
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Jade visited the remote region of Kutch, Gujarat in India in 2015. The people, textiles and landscapes captured her heart and she has maintained connections there since. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the artisans that she met had little to no income due to the sudden lack of tourism.
The decision to showcase their beautiful, heritage textile work as part of the Handloom Room was easy. The artisans Haresh Manodhiya and Bhilal Khatri are members of the ‘United Artisans of Kutch’ collective, from where she bought directly, ensuring that the artisans are paid the fair wage that they decide reflects their master craft work.
Jade has worked with people with learning disabilities since 2007, alongside her own craft practice. Showcasing work made by diverse makers remains hugely important.
The Handloom Room brings you a curated collection of craft items made in the UK by makers working at social enterprises.
They are supported to develop their craft practice by the social enterprise, from where Jade sources the craft directly. Up to 60% of sales revenue from The Handloom Room goes back to the organisations supporting the makers.
The Guest Crafters include Studio 306 CIC, Workshop 305, Poetry in Wood, Garvald Textiles, V21 Crafts and V21 Pottery.