Tuesday, 27 December 2011

My Textiles

Here is my most recent textile project, it is to be entered into the 'Hand and Lock prize for Embroidery' competition (see below for brief). Hand and Lock is a well established Haute Couture embroidery company. http://www.handembroidery.com/

The desert hermit and the astronaut observe the course of the stars, traces of moonlight at dawn, mica stones on sand and the soaring flight of silvery egrets. On the horizon, touched by the rising sun a virtual mirage appears. It looks like a technological dream in which archaeologists and monks of future times decipher hieroglyphics carved on rough, faded finds and study the sacred gold-covered writings that fill the almost transparent skins of ancient parchments. It’s a mysterious, enigmatic tale that teams the hyper-modern with the remote and the authentic. Textures are desiccated, almost rustic or more precious, shiny and delicately set with gems or finely carved. Paper and embossed surfaces, enriched  with metallic highlights, are striking. The washed out and over-dyed nubuck creates all-new combinations alongside jute, hemp and enriched, weighted linen or dried python skin. The colours are conflicting but closely linked stony and unreal, rough and sparkling.
Colours: Midnight blues and metallics.  Bright whites contrasted with the deepest sunset reds and black.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

On starting this project i was unsure what Haute Couture was, these videos cleared up the confusion. I was being asked to design bespoke, one off pieces, the highest of quality. These clips show how incredibly skilled the workmen and women are who make these items, they often go unrecognised and unthanked. 

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Lambani Tribe textiles

Here are some embroidery samples made by the Lambani tribe of West India. The tribe are finding it increasingly difficult to sell there products, and many of these ancient techniques are starting to die out. I am going to use these beautiful samples to learn these ancient embroidery techniques. I want to find ways of re-creating these techniques, with the aim of helping the Lambani tribe sell there products to a high end western audience.  

Monday, 15 August 2011

dark, magical, beautiful... Ann Demeulemeester

here is her website..... collections.html

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Stumbled across these beautiful illustrations by Ola Liola from Ukraine, a freelance illustrator and fashion accessory designer. I love them!