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Inside our workshop

Inside our workshop

Embroiderer Kate Clark describes her workshop, her inspiration and the detail that goes into each piece we create…. I always wanted to be an embroiderer; it is part of who I am. My  great grandmother was a court dressmaker, great grandfather a tailor and my grandmother was great at sewing as well. My mother is a quilter, maker and I’ve inherited her fine eye for detail. I am so lucky to have a job that fulfils a dream. I am also fortunate to have a job I can work around my family. The level of detail and hours required can be all consuming – I quickly bonded with the Mexican craftswomen over our ‘embroiderer’s’ sore shoulders! My workshop is in the old kitchen of our home in Tisbury, Wiltshire. My husband was born in this house – it is his family home. That makes it sound very grand but it is actually just a 1930s bungalow that until recently desperately needed a new roof. It is charming though and the workshop has big windows with lots of light. There are beautiful views across fields and down to the river. Like most embroiderers I am a bit of a magpie. I tend to fill any space with pretty and interesting things I have collected. Over time as the business has grown I have needed to move most things elsewhere to make more space. There isn’t even really room for pictures on the walls – every surface is covered in shelving, fabric and cushions! The materials we use are so colourful and beautiful though it really doesn’t matter. I love working... read more

 

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The Long Room, Tisbury


Located on The square, Tisbury, Wiltshire, SP3  |  Open from TUES – FRI 9.30am to 4.30pm SAT 9am to 1pm

The Long Room Tisbury

As well as the finest artisan pieces from the Montes & Clark collection, our friend Emily Pinsent offers a curated collection of homeware including ceramics from Portugal and France, Danish hand-dipped candles, Portuguese baskets, Moroccan rugs, glassware from Milan.

 

 Our Story


Montes & Clark is a partnership between two friends; Lucy Montes de Oca and Kate Clark. We support women-led enterprise in Mexico ensuring traditional crafts can thrive in a modern world.

We work with an amazing women-run cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico to create the woven cloth. This is made on a backstrap loom. We buy stunning hand embroidered fabric from women living in the mountains of central Mexico. We then turn this into modern artisanal pieces for the home in our workshop in Wiltshire, England.


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