Catarina Riccabona

Catarina Riccabona

Award winning textile designer and weaver

Biography

I love working with my hands. I enjoy the flexibility and the spontaneous changes that are possible when weaving by hand.

Catarina Riccabona is a textile designer and hand-weaver. She makes one-off interior pieces, in particular throws and blankets. Her practice is based on environmental values. She mostly uses unbleached and undyed linen in the warp. Her choice of weft yarns is limited to linen, hemp, wool, alpaca and second-hand or recycled yarns.

For colour she uses plant-dyed wool by a natural dyer from Finland or recycled linen from a UK company who process industrial surplus yarns into new yarn.

Catarina also recycles "waste warps" from fellow weavers. The final meter of a warp on a loom cannot be woven and is usually thrown away. She knots those individual lengths of yarn together and uses them as weft. During weaving the knots become visible randomly across the cloth. This distinct design feature is reminiscent of the hand-made look and feel of tribal textiles. The hand-made character of tribal textiles from all over the world has always been a strong influence on her work.

Services

Awards

Cockpit Arts Awards

  • 01/05/2012 - 30/06/2014
    Cockpit Arts / Clothworkers’ Foundation Award

homeware

Catarina's throws are large compositions with various areas of juxtaposed weave structures. Her approach is spontaneous and intuitive. Design decisions result from assessing colour and texture during weaving.

fashion and accessories

Catarina's hand-woven alpaca and wool scarves are designed to work with both men's and women's clothes alike. They are light yet warm and feature slightly irregular patterns in elegant and nuanced earthy colours.