"To be associated with Heal’s makes me incredibly proud. It is a name synonymous with design history and, of course, renowned for its quality and stylish products."
-Sarah May, Director of The Indigo Mill
Inspired by their family's past
Sarah May, the Director of The Indigo Mill, was intrigued by the history of the mill and the designs her grandfather had worked on. She delved into the archives and discovered traditional cloth patterns produced on the looms that still stand in the mill today. The next step to bringing these design back to life was to investigate the yarn stocks, to start producing woven cloth. In her discoveries, she found that they were holding large amounts of yarns which were unusable on tufting machinery but were effectively brand new. A perfect experiment was born - to recycle the kilos of accured yarn and use for weaving.
Developing the Idea
Sarah began to research companies who could help her to transform the yarns into finished woven products. She found the Bristol Weaving Mill, contacted them and the idea of a collaboration quickly spawned. Meetings with the Bristol Weaving Mill resulted in recycling these yarns and a way to produce multiple patterns. Once the finished products were created she submitted her designs to Heal’s Discovers. The history of the company, the development with the BWM and of course the beautiful runners, resulted in The Indigo Mill successfully shortlisted for Heal’s Discovers 2018.