By Cecil was launched in January 2018 by me, Cecilia Child, to create modern textiles using traditional techniques. I aim to provide an alternative to today’s mass-produced and environmentally damaging textiles and to demonstrate the best of British industry. The intention behind my brand is to produce future heirloom pieces that people will treasure and pass down to the next generation. A former fast fashion enthusiast, I am looking to reduce my footprint on the planet and hope to help other people to do the same..
I create woven fabrics that have a low environmental impact using sustainable materials. All of the textiles are designed and sampled on a handloom in my North London home. The collection of mill woven products are produced in Bristol by a micro mill as limited edition runs. Alongside the mill woven blankets and scarves, I also create a selection of handwoven products including cushions and pouches.
Every handwoven item is finished and made up by me. The hand weaving process is time intensive and can be physically demanding, but it is also meditative and therapeutic. There has been much talk of late about the nature of craft and its place as an antidote to the stresses and pressures of modern living. There is no place I would rather be than at my loom designing fabric. I love the problem-solving nature of weaving, and there is nothing more satisfying than unrolling metres of fabric that I have created from scratch. If you would like to hear more about how I work and my inspiration, then please follow my blog, Loom with a Brew. To keep up to date with markets that I am participating click on the events page.