My background is in Architecture, Education & Design.
simonehoward.com is an eco-friendly website that aims to showcase eco-friendly decor and accessories, handcrafted by me using high-quality, unique and sustainable materials.
My weaving work has been recognised by the American Craft Council.
Raw materials are sourced directly from the artisan – for example, ever so slightly waxed hemp yarn from a rural village in Thailand – and combine with exquisite silks and other finds from Japan and France.
My business choices are driven by two age-old sayings … ‘Leave no trace’ and ‘Do no harm’. My guiding philosophy is the belief that we can make our own best efforts to live lightly on the earth and live more gently with each other.
At a crucial point in my life I had to go back to art to rediscover myself and at once I felt peace within.
My passion for adventure, travelling and weaving bags and textiles are what inspire me to help others as I express and explore life as an artist, weaver, crafter and writer. This is what I love to do, this is who I am.
The element of surprise is an important part of the creative process for me, as is the almost meditative state I find myself in on occasion when I am creating it.
I have been fortunate to live a truly creative life since building our mud cob home (similar to straw bale – without the straw) with my husband in 2011.
Even though my husband’s creative passion is mathematics, mine are explorations in line, form, colour – and of course textiles. We are in complete agreement when it comes to the value and economic autonomy of the handmade item – even when it came to building our own home!
Growing up in Australia I also experienced several months as a teenager living on the island of Taveuni in Fiji, and later a family home on the west coast of Bali, Indonesia. My fascination with all things Island and Archipelago remains to this day.