My Story...



Born and raised on a farm in Victoria West, in the central Karoo region, my parents farmed with sheep bred for high quality wool.  My love for the fleece and its adaptations began in my young adult years.

I purchased my own spinning wheel and began spinning only to find I needed to do something with the yarn, so I joined a weaving studio in Cape Town under the guidance of a truly great teacher, Norma Ordman. This is where my 40 year journey of weaving started and I still feel like it is only beginning.

I am constantly excited and inspired by the use of yarns, fibres, rags and ribbons; thick and thin, to create textiles that excite and stimulate me to try all various combinations.

Inspiration is drawn from all the natural beauty around me, from trends and ideas in magazines and various media, from ideas presented by clients adding my own interpretation and from master weavers who I admire e.g. Peter Collingwood, Anne Sutton, Jack Lenor Larsen, Anne Richards and Margo Selby.

I enjoy creating my own “tweed” fabric that has been used by Hendrick Vermeulen Couture to dress the likes of the Secretary of the International Wool and Textile Organization (IWTO) Dalena White at Dumfries House Wool Conference in Ayrshire in 2016 .

I want to share my skill and art of weaving and textile making to the new youth of South Africa giving them opportunity to become their own entrepreneurs.

Sandi Gillman

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