Isobel Morris

Local rug designer tufts the natural sights of the city

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The latest pieces from local design talent Isobel Morris Rug Designs will be on display at Westbury Arts Centre, Shenley Wood at their exhibition “Pile & Stroke” from Saturday 9th September- 30th September.

Coinciding with MK Heritage weekend and MK Open Studios the Autumn exhibition showcases Isobel’s love of nature and inspiration from the parks and suburban colours of Milton Keynes.

As part of the graduate residency, the young textile designer has spent the summer months creating exciting hand-tufted rugs and wall hangings along with pieces crafted in India and Nepal.

Some of the highlights of her collection on display include:


A hand-tufted piece in brightly coloured hues, this design has been brought to life through use of the tufting gun. Using the warmth of the summer and the leafy surroundings of Westbury Arts, this piece has been created on site.

Dandelion heads

Inspired by the brightly coloured flowers that seed themselves in the green spaces between the fast-paced grid system of the city. This collection features a range of colours, heights and textures to show the tenacity of this plant.

Passion flower

Beauty in even the most urban of locations, the passion flower was overflowing in one of Wolverton’s many alleys. A popular flower, this design was brought to life with 100% New Zealand wool and Indian craftsmanship.

Creative contours

Isobel’s biggest hand-tufted piece to date, the smooth curves and mixture of textiles in this piece work seemlessly together to create a wall hanging that is show-stopping as it is subtle.

Isobel says; “I was delighted to have been selected as one of Westbury Arts graduate residents. Having been born and spent most of my life in the city I appreciate how Milton Keynes’ urban look works in harmony with the green spaces in between. It’s a difficult balance that most cities have yet to accomplish – that’s really inspirational to me.”


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About Isobel Morris Rug Designer:

British Designer Isobel Morris has been creating rug and carpet designs since being inspired during her Applied Art and Textile course at the University of Wolverhampton.

Since graduating Isobel has had her rug designs selected in an in-house competition by rug manufacturers Hill and Co and was named a young designer finalist in the AfghanMade Carpet competition at flooring exhibition Domotex in 2014.

This latest residency has given Isobel the opportunity to return to her tufting gun to create handmade pieces as well as collaborate with Indian craftsmen and women making rugs from 100% New Zealand wool.

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