Many thanks to Émilie Herbert for adding me to the Romani Herstory Digital Archive, it is a huge honour;
“Imogen Bright Moon (1983)
Imogen Bright Moon is a British Romani craftswoman, weaver and poet born in 1983, in Wolverhampton, England.
Imogen graduated with a BA in Fashion & Costume Design from Birmingham Institute of Art & Design and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Arts. She is an exhibiting artist-maker in textiles, working with hand-weaving combined with storytelling, folklore and heritage crafts to create her studio textiles. Each of Imogen’s blanket, wrap and tapestry hanging is unique and woven freehand, and she sources specialist ethical fibres for blending, such as wool, rose, seaweed, nettle, soy and wild silk.
Imogen first started weaving in 2016 after the birth of her second child. She previously worked as a couture pattern cutter and theatre costume designer. She learned how to blend wool, spin and weave her own work by hand and founded Bright Moon Weaving Studio.
She has lectured in the UK as a module and workshop tutor at the Royal College of Art and at Aalto University, in Finland. Her work “The Selkie: Weaving & The Wild Feminine” was published in Magpie Magazine Press in 2018. Imogen also contributed a chapter to “Woven & Worn: Wearable Crafts”, published by Canopy Press in 2019.
She contributed both a poem and a piece of visual art to the Roma Women’s Poetry Anthology, published in 2021 by Butcher’s Dog. This combined work of weaving-and-words was dedicated to her maternal Romani grandmothers and “shares the wisdom that emerges through paying deep attention to our ancestors in times of need”.
Imogen also contributes to collaborative and educational craft projects represented by The Romani Cultural & Arts Company and is an associate member of ERIAC, Crafts Council and Heritage Crafts. Imogen has been selected as one of the artists to feature in the upcoming 2022 exhibition tour of Gypsy Maker 5, alongside her Roma creative sisters, Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros and Corrina Eastwood.”
Romani Herstory Digital Archive, 2022