Laura Derby

Textiles • Purple Route

I create wool pile textiles, moving ever closer towards using 100% British Wool, and apply the material to useful forms. Inspiration is from colour, nature, human nature. I like to share my process in hope of inspiring others.

Images of studio
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My Practice

My own personal practice is becoming more intuitive through the luxury of time and space to develop this on residency at Marchmont Creative Spaces August 2021. Commissions greatly influence my practice too, with people’s requests always a challenge, always showing me another perspective on how textiles complete spaces.

Tools & Materials

My WASPS studio in Kirkcudbright is full of beautifully coloured wool! I am now ordering my own colours in 100% British Wool and its a joy to tuft with. I have a much larger frame now on which to make larger pieces, so between my colourful wool and works in progress there is much to see.

Examples of work
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Spring Fling Activity

I will be demonstrating the rug tufting process and explaining the journey of wool from sheep to finished product with my various tools on show to help explain. I will have various end products for sale and will also make plain the collaboration with local woodworkers who make the stools for me.

Spring Fling Friends Offer

10% off for Friends of Spring Fling

Studio 27


WASPS Artists Studios, Studio 2 Cannonwalls & Claverhouse, 117 High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG



Ground floor studio right beside wheel chair access front door with slight ramp to spacious disabled toilet through one fire door. Disabled parking is available at rear of building in council office car park with accessible alleyway to front entrance.

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Disabled Parking


  • Toilet
  • Family Friendly
  • Parking (5 spaces)
  • Credit/debit cards accepted
  • Open through the year by appointment

Visiting my studio

My studio is on ground floor right at the front door which will be open and therefore the place will be airy, light and accessible. Hand sanitiser will be available and I will take all recommended precautions and leave it to you to decide how comfortably close you want to get to others. There is plenty room in the hallway and around the rest of the building where other artists are also opening their studios.

Evening Openings

Wed / Thu / Fri / Sat

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