CLIMATE CHANGE by Kathie Ryan
This scarf was designed with Kathie Ryan in celebration of her 80th birthday. The name “Climate Change” reflects the fluctuating colours seen in Climate Graphs. Kathie’s creative talent and outgoing personality is loved by everyone she meets and these bright scarves are a testament to her vibrancy & creativity.
Kathie grew up in “Last of the Summer Wine” country surrounded by wilderness and fields. At the age of 17 she began her career in textiles, training as a weaver at Crowther’s Bankdam Mill in Huddersfield. For 25 years Kathie worked in several mills gaining a range of skills, ending up at Sydney H Shaw, where she met her husband Bob Ryan. They came to Mull in 1987, acquired most of the equipment you see at Ardalanish today and became The Isle of Mull Weavers.
What Kathie enjoyed most about having her own mill was “the excitement of going to work and seeing your creative ideas coming to life, and meeting lots of lovely people”. Bob says “Kathie was the talented creative one while I was the technician”. Together they created new designs: a King Emperor Penguin tartan and the Roz Jones tartan to name just two. The bothy mats we still make today were Kathie’s idea. The Isle of Mull Weavers won the Lomond and Argyll Best Visitor Attraction Outlet in the 1990s.
After retiring from the mill in 2002 Kathie continued her creativity, earning a London College of Art Diploma (Pass with Merit in Painting and Drawing) in 2008. As “Bags and Rags” she sewed, stitched, knitted and felted and became a star of the producers markets around Mull.