Meet The Designer: Lorna Singleton
Part two of a five part editorial series in which we look at talented craftspeople who’s work celebrates the beauty of British wood. Combining traditional techniques and modern applications, they demonstrate a deep appreciation of the innate qualities of the material and a concern that it speaks for itself. The effect is, naturally, striking.
Lorna Singleton is a ‘swiller’, specialising in woven wooden products made using locally coppiced oak. Oak woodlands have been coppiced for centuries; the practice opens up the canopy and allows more light to reach the plants below. Swilling is the ancient craft of coppicing, and then boiling, soaking, splitting and weaving oak. Today, it is practiced by only a few craftspeople in the UK. Lorna cuts and prepares the wood by hand, managing and restoring coppiced woodland in Cumbria in a responsible and renewable way. She only uses traditional hand tools, finding that they are not only more efficient but also more enjoyable to use and capable of producing stronger products. Many of her pieces combine old heritage patterns from the Furness area of Cumbria together with more modern features. Lorna also holds regular workshops, teaching others her distinctive craft.
Lorna creates baskets based on traditional Cumbrian patterns.
Little Oak bag, £415, The New Craftsmen
Swill lights, £325, The New Craftsmen
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This feature has been taken from Warehouse Home Issue Four, which is out now! The latest issue of the internationally renowned Warehouse Home magazine is live online and can be enjoyed in full and entirely free. Read Warehouse Home Issue Four by clicking here or view in the reader below.
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