Maxton woman murdered

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman, who lived in Maxton near Jedburgh, was found dead in a house in West Sussex.

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Textile School pays tribute to 'creative artist'

Murdered artist Valerie Graves attended the Galashiels based School of Textile and Design as a mature student.

She graduated from the Heriot-Watt University campus with a BA Hons. in 2007.

Fiona Waldron, Head of the School of Textiles and Design at Heriot-Watt University’s Scottish Borders Campus, said:

“We are very sorry to hear of Valerie’s death, especially in such tragic circumstances, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.

“Valerie came to the School of Textiles and Design as a mature student with a background in weaving. However, following an exchange visit to Finland as part of her course, she developed an interest in felted materials, a strong Finnish tradition, and incorporated that in her successful degree course as well as later, when she set up a studio locally specialising in fashion and ornamental felted textiles.

“She was a very creative person, with a wide range of artistic interests, and she will be much missed.”

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