After graduating from the prestigious Goldsmiths Collage in 2002 Lizzie went on to study an MA in Textile Design at Brighton University. Having fallen in love with the colour and vibrancy of Rajasthan at the age of 19 she returned to India 10 years later to develop as a textile designer with 2 leading block printing textile companies. She was immediately drawn to the tangible approach of printing lengths for fabric by hand and was compelled to create timeless designs for the home. Today, retaining the traditional essence of this ancient craft Lizzie designs fabrics for Woven Oak from her studio in Sussex.
After earning a top degree in Graphic Design at Leeds University Leo pursued his passion for design and sculpture. In 2008 he studied traditional block carving and worked alongside an established team of woodblock carvers in Jaipur. Using only basic tools and a small wooden stool on the floor he created a number of blocks and gained the skills needed to continue his carving work in the UK. Today Leo is at the heart of the Woven Oak design process and works alongside Lizzie to create refreshing designs that celebrate the hand of the artist and maker.
By combining their skills Lizzie and Leo have created a unique partnership, generating a two way creative process in which tradition informs the contemporary. They work as a team, drawing inspiration from both East and West.