Scottish designer Donna Wilson is well known in the UK for her quirky knitted home accessories. To her, knitting “means I have complete control over the fabric I create, color, pattern and texture as I am making a fabric from a piece of yarn,” she says. “I still find this amazing.” Perfectly patterned in delightful color combinations, Wilson’s Nos Da Throw and Pillow (2009), which are named for a Welsh phrase meaning “good night,” are a modern take on traditional English double cloth. This special textile doesn’t have a post-weaving wash, making it durable and hard wearing. The wool is spun in a Yorkshire mill to create the required thick yarn, and then woven at a 100-year-old mill in Wales. The method allows for Nos Da’s complex patterns and surface textures. Made in England.
Growing up in rural northeast Scotland, the daughter of two farmers, Donna Wilson always knew she wanted to be a designer. True to her youthful ambitions, today she is known for her whimsical prints and knit objects citing Stig Lindberg and Alexander Girard as influences which draw upon her idyllic childhood and the landscape of the Scottish countryside. Wilson, who is regarded as one of the most exciting young textile designers in the industry, studied textiles at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland, and earned her Master's in mixed media and constructed textiles at The Royal College of Art in London. Read more >