Hello I’m Barley! A bit about my background…I was born and brought up in Snowdonia, North Wales. Living in harmony with nature, a sustainable way of life and 2 crafty grandmother’s on hand who taught me all about sewing, knitting and thrift, paving the way for my textile journey. I came to London to study textiles at Goldsmith’s in early 1990’s. Having this opportunity was truly inspiring and eye opening not only for developing creativity but also immersing in the diversity and culture of London life. After graduating I was fortunate to be able to use my making skills and textile training in the film & TV industries. I worked on 100’s of costumes from BBC period dramas to Hollywood movies, mostly thanks to the amazing Sands Films Studio. Whilst working on the films, I was able to realize my own vision of opening a sustainable textiles studio in a disused shop on Broadway Market in 2000 and ‘Fabrications’ was born! Since inception, I have been weaving the strands of creativity, community and conservation that form the fabric of my practice!
“Barley Massey’s products demonstrate a lightness of touch backed up by a rigorous approach. Made entirely from recycled materials and minimally processed, there’s nothing tricksy and nothing effete” Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs)