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GlobalYell is a research and design weave studio offering education and training in textiles, programmes for weavers and artisans, and research opportunities. This charity organisation has been working with textiles, education and training for over ten years since a generous donation of weaving equipment was made by ASF Weave, formerly the Ann Sutton Foundation.

The charity is led by Andy Ross, who lives and works in Yell where the organisation is based, and who himself is passionate about textiles. Andy grew up in Zimbabwe, where there is a strong textiles tradition and comes from a family who knits, sews and creates using fabrics and yarns. The donation of the weave equipment has allowed Andy and his team to learn new skills in weaving. GlobalYell’s residency programme has allowed many exciting and inspirational weavers to come to Shetland and share their expertise and experiences with both the local audience and visitors to Yell.

Bonhoga Gallery is delighted to showcase the beautiful woven textiles of designer Fiona Daly, an Irish weaver who recently spent two months in residency at GlobalYell creating a limited edition set of woven throws inspired by the patterns of Fair Isle knitting and the tradition of taatit rugs. Each throw is woven in 100% Shetland wool at the GlobalYell workshop.

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