About Us

The Woven Foundation is the new operating name for the ISA Charity founded over 40 years ago by the Paice Family. It celebrates the combined impact and legacy of its two linked charitable bodies created to oversee its diverse range of activities; The Traverse Trust and the Artisa Foundation. These will now be absorbed under the new umbrella of The Woven Foundation.

The Artisa Foundation has been acting as an incubator for creative and professional development in the visual arts. We are proud to have supported the work of organisations such as the Foundling Museum, Kettles Yard, the Holburne Museum, the Craft Council and more.

The Traverse Trust is a charity that offers people the chance to embark on an experience that could change their perspective on life. Change is inevitable and it is not always easy to navigate. We help people to traverse these challenges with financial support and mentoring. Securing sustainable employment is an achievement and we support people at different stages of their career journey.

RICHARD PAICE

Founder

Richard is a passionate explorer of ideas and places. This appetite for new experiences took him to Iceland as a Queen Scout and Heidelberg University for a year, before he read Chemistry at Oxford. Following an MBA at Insead he hitchhiked through Africa joining his father’s business on his return. For 40 years he grew I.S.A. (Holdings), with a global network of offices from Hong Kong to Brazil. In 2004 he passed on the business to focus on other interests – furniture, architecture and contemporary craft. He has been the Chairman of both the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsman and the Gordon Russell Design Museum; Master of the Patternmaker’s Livery and President of the Footwear Friends Charity. He holds an honorary degree from Oxford Brookes and he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

ADRIANNA PAICE

Director

Adriana is a curator, artist and editor. She has created BAFTA nominated interactive sculptures for the London Stock Exchange and curated Thomas Heatherwick’s award-wining British Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai, as well as editing books on British design for Sir John Sorrell. Collaboration is at the heart of her practice. In her interactive textiles she has worked with poets, musicians and fashion designers, with her work presented in Paris and London. In addition to her personal practice she is a director of Woven Spaces working on its new property portfolio. She holds an MA in Italian and History of Art from Edinburgh University and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

CHARLOTTE GRINLING

Trustee

Charlotte is a designer, maker and educator. After studying fashion textiles at Central St Martins, she completed a MA at the Royal College of Art. Focusing on design and colour forecasting for homewares, she established her own company Design Direction. Clients included John Lewis, Homebase, Next, M&S and House of Fraser. Alongside this, Charlotte was also a key lecturer and professional practice co-ordinator at Goldsmiths College, inspiring a generation of designers. In 2013, she returned to her roots as a designer-maker, honing her skills as a ceramicist. She now has a thriving practice, selling her work across the UK and Scandinavia. She has been awarded a Fellowship in Teaching and Learning at Goldsmiths College and the Peake Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching.

TIM SLACK

Trustee

Tim is a designer maker of footwear and has developed a training programme for budding independent shoemakers to learn and earn within his live shoemaking business. The company developed to sell to opinion leading stores in 31 countries worldwide. He has consulted to major corporate clients in Europe and North America including a stint on the board of Next PLC – the key message to them has always been to maintain design integrity and innovation. A belief in the benefits of portfolio careers is exemplified by Tim’s second organisation making limited edition prints of his artwork. His interest in education has led to appointments as an external assessor to design universities.

GRACE IRO PAPPAS

Programme Manager,
Curatorial Development Fund

Grace oversees our Curatorial Development Programme and our strategic growth. Her experience is in museum consultancy across curation, public programming, education, and strategy. She has run and consulted projects of various scales across organisations including Palais de Tokyo, V&A, aRCA, King’s College and most recently in Somerset House, from where she runs her independent practice. Her research focuses on widening engagement with museum archives and scientific laboratories through cultural programming.

LUCIENNE AMADOU-DOUAH

Operations Manager

Lucienne presently oversees the operations at Woven Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, she held the role of Operations Area Manager at Amazon. In that position, she was responsible for supervising continuous improvement initiatives and team development projects. More recently, Lucienne played a key role in launching the Affordable Workspace Projects in Tooting and Euston. These projects aimed to support small to medium businesses led by ethnically diverse individuals within the Tech industry and small to medium social enterprise to access Affordable workspaces.

TIM SLACK

Trustee

Tim is a designer maker of footwear and has developed a training programme for budding independent shoemakers to learn and earn within his live shoemaking business. The company developed to sell to opinion leading stores in 31 countries worldwide. He has consulted to major corporate clients in Europe and North America including a stint on the board of Next PLC – the key message to them has always been to maintain design integrity and innovation. A belief in the benefits of portfolio careers is exemplified by Tim’s second organisation making limited edition prints of his artwork. His interest in education has led to appointments as an external assessor to design universities.

CHARLOTTE GRINLING

Trustee

Charlotte is a designer, maker and educator. After studying fashion textiles at Central St Martins, she completed a MA at the Royal College of Art. Focusing on design and colour forecasting for homewares, she established her own company Design Direction. Clients included John Lewis, Homebase, Next, M&S and House of Fraser. Alongside this, Charlotte was also a key lecturer and professional practice co-ordinator at Goldsmiths College, inspiring a generation of designers. In 2013, she returned to her roots as a designer-maker, honing her skills as a ceramicist. She now has a thriving practice, selling her work across the UK and Scandinavia. She has been awarded a Fellowship in Teaching and Learning at Goldsmiths College and the Peake Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching.

RICHARD PAICE

Founder

Richard is a passionate explorer of ideas and places. This appetite for new experiences took him to Iceland as a Queen Scout and Heidelberg University for a year, before he read Chemistry at Oxford. Following an MBA at Insead he hitchhiked through Africa joining his father’s business on his return. For 40 years he grew I.S.A. (Holdings), with a global network of offices from Hong Kong to Brazil. In 2004 he passed on the business to focus on other interests – furniture, architecture and contemporary craft. He has been the Chairman of both the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsman and the Gordon Russell Design Museum; Master of the Patternmaker’s Livery and President of the Footwear Friends Charity. He holds an honorary degree from Oxford Brookes and he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

ADRIANNA PAICE

Director

Adriana is a curator, artist and editor. She has created BAFTA nominated interactive sculptures for the London Stock Exchange and curated Thomas Heatherwick’s award-wining British Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai, as well as editing books on British design for Sir John Sorrell. Collaboration is at the heart of her practice. In her interactive textiles she has worked with poets, musicians and fashion designers, with her work presented in Paris and London. In addition to her personal practice she is a director of Woven Spaces working on its new property portfolio. She holds an MA in Italian and History of Art from Edinburgh University and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

CHARLOTTE GRINLING

Trustee

Charlotte is a designer, maker and educator. After studying fashion textiles at Central St Martins, she completed a MA at the Royal College of Art. Focusing on design and colour forecasting for homewares, she established her own company Design Direction. Clients included John Lewis, Homebase, Next, M&S and House of Fraser. Alongside this, Charlotte was also a key lecturer and professional practice co-ordinator at Goldsmiths College, inspiring a generation of designers. In 2013, she returned to her roots as a designer-maker, honing her skills as a ceramicist. She now has a thriving practice, selling her work across the UK and Scandinavia. She has been awarded a Fellowship in Teaching and Learning at Goldsmiths College and the Peake Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching.

TIM SLACK

Trustee

Tim is a designer maker of footwear and has developed a training programme for budding independent shoemakers to learn and earn within his live shoemaking business. The company developed to sell to opinion leading stores in 31 countries worldwide. He has consulted to major corporate clients in Europe and North America including a stint on the board of Next PLC – the key message to them has always been to maintain design integrity and innovation. A belief in the benefits of portfolio careers is exemplified by Tim’s second organisation making limited edition prints of his artwork. His interest in education has led to appointments as an external assessor to design universities.

GRACE IRO PAPPAS

Programme Manager,
Curatorial Development Fund

Grace oversees our Curatorial Development Programme and our strategic growth. Her experience is in museum consultancy across curation, public programming, education, and strategy. She has run and consulted projects of various scales across organisations including Palais de Tokyo, V&A, aRCA, King’s College and most recently in Somerset House, from where she runs her independent practice. Her research focuses on widening engagement with museum archives and scientific laboratories through cultural programming.

LUCIENNE AMADOU-DOUAH

Operations Manager

Lucienne presently oversees the operations at Woven Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, she held the role of Operations Area Manager at Amazon. In that position, she was responsible for supervising continuous improvement initiatives and team development projects. More recently, Lucienne played a key role in launching the Affordable Workspace Projects in Tooting and Euston. These projects aimed to support small to medium businesses led by ethnically diverse individuals within the Tech industry and small to medium social enterprise to access Affordable workspaces.