Gigi Matthews’ keen interest in fibers and materials is a result of decades of world travel to over 30 countries. From the souks of Aleppo and Damascus to the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, markets in the south of France to the sheep pastures of New Zealand and Australia, she has gained a deep respect for textile traditions and creativity.
Gigi learned to spin while living in London, where she was spoiled by access to U.K. rare breeds and Scandinavian fleeces. As an herbalist she has a soft spot for plant fibers and natural dyeing. Her recent work focuses on reclaimed and recycled materials. Gigi was awarded two ribbons for spinning at MAFA 2109, taught virtually at MAFA 2021, and has published articles in Ply and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot.