29th July 2013
I have a very nostalgic attachment to crochet - taking me back to my childhood in the 70's where its was 'chic' to hang your plants in crochet and macramé structures so I was very drawn to these beautiful and modern works of art from Sally England.
Working in large scale macramé she creates modern yet timeless pieces that show off the detailed knot work involved.
20th March 2013
Using alchemic approaches to design, Jetske Vissers' latest textile collection explores the hydrophobic reaction between oil and water based pigments and captures them on silk scarves.
The subtle patterns are reminiscent of fractals and each time they are completely unique. Jetske has captured her process in a poetic video that explores the simple beauty of the moment captured in time on the scarves.
12th March 2013
I am finally finding time to go through the last of the shows from fashion week and am bowled over by the amazing Moncler Gamme Rouge under the creative direction of Giambattista Valli. Not a brand I usually take any notice of there is something incredibly interesting about them right now.
Recreating a winter wonderland with real huskies on the catwalk, Valli mixed up real fur pelts with more sporty trompe l'oeil style prints which look to me as if they are inspired by the brilliant mill Komatsu Seiren who have been developing these materials for a few years now.
I also love the simple forms too that totally fit with the exuberant materiality.
4th March 2013
Invited to explore the archives of the Textiel Museum Tilburg, Studio FormaFantasma were inspired by the so called Driessen Collection donated by the Driessen family.
The collection is a series of books made up of collections of textile experiments from around the world exploring colour and recipes with a particular focus on the colour red.
Focusing particularly on Felix Driessen's work Studio FormaFantasma have reignited Felix's fascination with 'Turkish Red' or 'Madder' - a natural red pigment that has a particularly vibrant tone.
Taking visual references and inspiration from the Driessen family as well as the history of Turkish Red, they designed a series of 17 silk textiles that are dyed using the madder root.
Using texture and pattern as well as colour to explore their design narratives they also worked with a German colourist.
The project is titled BTMM1514 referencing the way the books in the museum are catalogued and the 17 textiles are designed as pages of a book including a front and back cover.
1st March 2013
Exploring how sound and craft collide, the Crafts Council have a new exhibition launching in May called Sound Matters: Exploring sound through form. As part of that, WeaveWaves a collaboration between a weaver and a sound engineer has been commissioned.
WeaveWaves is a collaboration between Scanner a conceptual artist and musician and woven textile designer Ismini Samanidou.
Showcased over four chapters taking the form of a visual and acoustic sketchbook viewers can be updated on a weekly basis of their progress over a four week period. Each chapter covers a different area of interest to include code as chapter one.