Richard Humphries on BBC Radio SuffolkRead more
On Monday 23rd May 2016 Richard joined BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Lesley Dolphin as her sofa guest to reflect on his 50 years in Textile Design and upcoming role as The Upper Bailiff of the Worshipful Company of Weavers.
Richard Humphries, 50 Years In TextilesRead more
In 1966 Richard J Humphries was first employed as a design apprentice at Warner & Sons Ltd at New Mill, Braintree. It was to be a life-long career path of textile design and a passion to create the most complex and luxurious fabrics possible.
The secrets of the dolls house in textile researchRead more
When reproducing historic textiles sometimes we are lucky enough to have the original textile remaining on the walls or the furniture. Even if worn and faded we can often recognise the design and analyse the structure. We will hunt behind hems and seams and under upholstery nails for the tiniest piece of protected original colour. On more than one occassion the dolls house in the nursery has held the key.
Hampton Court Palace Fire 1986Read more
The fire did give an opportunity for a full review of the restoration programme and the newly appointed Dr. Simon Thurley who was responsible for the massive rebuilding task. The spring of 1986 had seen the reweaving of crimson silk lustring’s in pure silk for Queen Mary’s Closet.
Sericulture in the United KingdomRead more
King James 1st dearly wanted a silk industry right across his kingdom and ordered his mulberry for every town and village in the land. Today when talking of Mulberries most will comment on the wonderful berries making excellent jam. Yet it is the humble leaves of the mulberry bush that are the very making of a silk industry, that in China today employs literately millions of people.
Dunham Massey Hall Chapel SilkRead more
Humphries Weaving were commissioned to replicate the silk for the chapel at Dunham Massey Hall involving custom dyed silks and a challenging process of design development. The project took a year to complete, from initial site visit to supply of the silk which has subsequently undergone a programme of installation in the chapel itself.
London Design Week 2016Read more
This week we took a trip down to the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour, where you can admire, touch and request samples of any fabric you could imagine.
The Quill, the Pirn and the ShuttleRead more
A healthy goose in the 18th century was more than just for the table or the eiderdown. There was another important requirement for the silk weaver and his work as the quill, with the feather flights stripped off, was the ideal ready-made hollow tube for use in the shuttle.
Complex Weave StructuresRead more
Complex weave structure is really where the Jacquard loom has flourished since its invention in 1803 by Joseph Marie Jacquard.