Pyrula Aqua Vortex embodies our enthusiasm for sunny days and sandy beaches. There is a certain light at the seaside in the North of England during the summer months that belies the comparative weakness of the sun’s rays up here on even the hottest days, and that influences our colour palette- we can’t help but hint at a cooler cloud on the horizon!
The tri-coloured weft has a detailed texture and the chunky cream linen glistens amongst the warm toned cotton. This warmth brings out the green tones in the aqua and intensifies its overall colour. Linen has naturally heat regulating properties; being a long, hollow fibre it has the capacity to absorb liquid quickly and then allow it to evaporate, in much the same way that sweating cools the surface of our skin!
This is a thicker weight wrap, but we tend to team together thicker weight yarns with finer ones, and use plied yarn rather than single thickness. These techniques help to give extra volume and weight to a wrap without creating density or inhibiting the movement of the cloth. Pyrula has a beautiful drape straight from the bag and requires relatively little breaking in given its gsm of around 312.
Firespiral is the creation of Tamsin and Jen. We are passionate about woven wraps and had a shared dream to one day have our own designs woven. We live in an area with a wonderful weaving heritage and have been lucky enough to work with a very skillful weaving company capable of weaving something really special. Our designs are inspired by the universal patterns in nature that stray into both science and myth; the magical way in which we are connected to the world and its rhythms. We live at the edge of the west pennine moors, surrounded by stone circles, local legend and the wild beauty of the hillside, with the shadows of the cotton mills in the valley below. We feel a real sense of belonging to the ancient landscape and it is from this wonderful place that our inspiration takes shape. Some of our designs are an exploration of naturally occurring pattern, and some could be more accurately described as 'story cloths'. We both have creative backgrounds, Tamsin from an architectural viewpoint and bringing her experience of transforming wraps under the guise of violet chameleon, Jen as an artist and art psychotherapist. We want our woven wraps to be both artistically beautiful and take on deeper personal meanings for their wearers.