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Cassandra Smith is a designer and hand-weaver of richly textured, sustainable textiles and lighting that create warm and luxurious interiors, she lives and works in Oxford.
Her unique design aesthetic fuses inspiration from her travels with her love of experimentation with natural materials and craft techniques. This creative, sustainable approach to design has earned her awards, inclusion in magazines and partnerships with
The Campaign for Wool.
Originally from Montreal, Cassandra studied Building Engineering in the 90s, where her passion for architecture helped develop her problem-solving skills and formed her processdriven, experimental approach to design.
While studying Textile Design at Central Saint Martins her travel inspirations and her curiosity about how things worked led her to the Weave pathway;
challenging her to understand pattern and structure in 2D. Working with wool ‘roving’ (wool in its pre-spun state) and using her loom as her tool, she adapted techniques learned from tapestry-weaving, felting and spinning to develop a new style of weaving which took a more tactile approach. Her richlytextured, hand-woven throws, cushions and lampshades now feature simple, travel-inspired patterns that combine wool roving with injections of colour or dramatic features. Her choice of materials has also led her to a more sustainable practice that reduces waste by re-purposing yarns and wool roving to create new materials for future projects, sourcing all her materials from within the UK and emphasising quality-craftsmanship over fast-fashion.
Cassandra is incredibly passionate about weaving, design and sharing her knowledge with her clients, design professionals and the wider community and can often be seen ‘talking textiles’ during workshops at The Oxford Weaving Studio and at various craft events around the UK. As such, she has had the privilege to work with many wonderful private clients, interior designers within the UK and the US and an increasing number of worldwide design professionals to create bespoke designs for their luxury interiors.