Mary Restieaux is a textile designer, weaver and dyer with a career that spans commercial collaborations and fine art pieces. Much of Mary’s work uses ikat, an ancient technique where threads are tied and then dyed in sections to create dynamic movements of colour. After completing her MA at the Royal College of Art in 1974, Mary established her studio in SE London where she uses a traditional handloom to weave designs for clients in the fashion and interiors industries. Colour and process are defining features of Mary’s practice: as part of the First Eleven Studio, she was introduced to the designer Hervé Leger, Paris, and worked for many years as his colourist. Mary’s fine art pieces have been exhibited across the world and are found in private and national collections, such as the V&A. A life-long supporter of education, Mary mentors designers as their careers develop.