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Waller & Wood

Muddy says: Wearable art – original handpainted silk clothes and scarves – as well as ceramics and contemporary jewellery in Bath’s prettiest square

stylish woman in pink top and black trousers on a stool

Internationally acclaimed textile artist Carole Waller, whose work can be seen in the V&A and has been sold in Harvey Nichols, Liberty and Bergdorf Goodman, creates wearable art. Beautiful, handpainted silk clothing and scarves, designed in her Bath studio and sold in her shop and gallery on Abbey Green.

She makes a new collection of original pieces several times a year and produces just one of each piece.

Her range of silk scarves tell stories from Bath’s past, with glimpses of Roman pavements, medieval drawings, Palladian architecture, snippets from Jane Austen’s diaries…

She uses every offcut of cloth to offer hand-covered notebooks, candles, soaps and all sorts of goodies for one of a kind gifts.

Did I mention her glass works? Beautiful paintings on silk pressed between layers of toughened glass to create freestanding panels, doors, windows and tables.

Her ceramacist husband Gary Wood makes stoneware and porcelain ceramics: one-off sculptures and decorative drinking vessels and bowls to admire and use.

And there’s always a selection of contemporary jewellery by British designer-makers working in unusual materials and lots of colour.

Open Weds to Sat and, very handily, on a Sunday. Outside these hours, call 07803 033629 to make an appointment.

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