While visiting her sister Zara in Japan, Francesca discovered a small community weaving studio in Kichijoji; she took one afternoon beginners class and fell in love with the freedom and calm of the Japanese freestyle weaving process. Without anywhere to practice in London, Francesca trained to teach at a Japanese weaving studio in New York and decided to come home and open The London Loom – a London based freestyle weaving studio.
Before directing her attention to weaving, Francesca taught children and teenagers with Special Educational Needs and freelanced for various art and culture publications. Francesca has been teaching tapestry weaving and other textile crafts since 2015.
Brooke closed her small sewing studio in New Zealand in 2013 to move to London with her husband and two children. In London Brooke discovered the art of weaving and bought her first loom. In contrast to her professional work constructing garments, Brooke found that she loved the gentle and tactile practice of making cloth on a freestyle loom; flowing with her intuition rather than following measurements and patterns.
Originally qualified in Fashion Design from the Design and Arts college of New Zealand, Brooke has been teaching various textile crafts to children and adults since she landed in the UK.