Tracing pathways: exploring sense of place through metaphor and material is a practice-led research project that, through material exploration and woven resolution, promotes the values and methods of slow design. The creative research draws upon patterns and movements associated with a certain place through textile processes of weave and natural dye. The final woven provocation demonstrates how locality can be embedded in textile through the close examination of material, colour, landscape and place. As an exhibition piece, the hand-woven rug encourages the audience to consider the origins, materials, and manufacturing processes involved in designing and constructing the work, as well as highlighting the hand of the maker. The overarching goal of the project is to contribute to the shift toward sustainability.