Rosa Harradine Brushes
Wales-based maker Rosa Harradine creates brushes from natural fibres; the bristles are made from tampico and arenga, which are wrapped with hemp cord and finished with a cotton strap, making them completely biodegradable.
West Wales-based maker Rosa Harradine creates brushes from natural fibres in her garden workshop in Carmarthen. The bristles are made from tampico fibres, which are wrapped with hemp cord and finished with a cotton strap, making them completely biodegradable.
The process involves keeping the hemp thread constantly under tension, wrapped around a rolling pin underneath her feet to make the handles tight and strong. Due to being handmade, each varies slightly in colour and shape.
Tampico plant fibre, hemp cord and cotton strap.
Made in the United Kingdom.
Approx. L 25cm. Hanging loop 29cm.
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Rosa Harradine | New Makers
“For me, slow production is a grounded form of craft,” says Rosa Harradine, who only turned to brushmaking last year. Now, she has a signature style with hemp cord running asymmetrically down the natural bristles. Having graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with a music degree, she was unsure of what to pursue, and began spoon carving, willow weaving and bowl turning before settling on brushmaking. “I wanted to find a new way of being creative,” she says. “I found I really enjoyed the process of creating tangible things.”