Araminta Campbell was founded by Araminta in 2014. She remains the Creative Director and key designer and still loves to be involved in every stage of the making process, whether that is training a new handweaver in the studio or creating a custom woven design for a client.
“I have always loved beautiful things but not material items, it is often a moment in time, a view, the sunlight through leaves or the hidden textures in the Scottish landscape. I am driven by my wish to create something so beautiful that someone else would like to own and treasure it. I am an artist and I express myself through the creation of luxurious handmade textile artworks.”
The quality and story behind a hand crafted item is something that cannot be rivalled. In this world of mechanical development, I feel that the appreciation for handmade items is growing. My passion for hand weaving has developed through my work and experience. Being self taught in weaving, having graduated with a degree in embroidery, I am able to approach the structured nature of weave organically. I love the complex and mathematical design required and I try to push the boundaries of my knowledge by creating new designs and challenging the limits that can often be very restricting in weaving.
The luxury is in the detail, from the beautifully finished selvedge and delicate tassels of a hand woven item to the use of the softest leather. I know that each and every thing I produce meets the absolute quality my customers expect, I am able to achieve this by being involved in every aspect of my products from the design to attaching of the label.”
Araminta was born and raised in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on a small estate next to the River Dee. The outdoors were a key feature of her childhood, with most of her free time spent exploring the fields or building dens in the woods around her home. Her love of tweed and tartan can be traced back to these early days on the estate, with her family tweed and tartan being worn for the everyday and on special occasions.
She remembers always loving art, with her sketchbooks a constant companion as she explored the countryside. On School holidays, visiting art galleries was a special treat while the rest of her family were preoccupied with other more sporty pursuits.
Textiles became her passion at secondary school, when two new art teachers introduced her to the amazing creative potential of this discipline. She followed this passion to Art College, studying Fine Art Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University between 2008 and 2011.
Weaving captured Araminta’s imagination in the final few weeks of her degree, and while preparing for her degree show she spent every free moment in the weave room, teaching herself to weave. You-tube videos and tips from friends studying weaving helped her along the way, but being largely self taught she has gained a unique perspective on what is possible to achieve on a loom. The technical knowledge she has gained from years of practice meets her artistic vision, to inspire a way of working that pushes the boundaries of traditional manufacturing and design for industry.
Araminta founded her business in 2014 with this combination of unique artistry, craftsmanship, love of nature and Scotland’s heritage. These remain her driving inspiration, and as her company grows and gains recognition around the world, she continues to keep them at the heart of her vision for Araminta Campbell.