Q & A with Tara Whalley
What were the best moments of working on the project?
The best moment of the project was seeing the designs woven up for the first time. Isobel came into the artesano workshop with a traditional baby carrier full of of her amazing work. Seeing all the patterns woven together so beautifully was thrilling.
What informs your illustrations?
I love illustrating my experiences, from quirky found objects to exotic flowers from adventures. My watercolour book is a visual diary of places I've been, moments I've experienced, and people I've met.
Can you tell us a bit about the process of making the slippers?
Yarn hand dyed with fruits, flowers and vegetation, woven in homes on backstrap looms by inspirational women who are rebuilding their lives after the recent war, constructed by hand by third generation shoe makers, who are passionate about their craft.
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