22nd April 2014
Being a weaver once upon a time I was really taken by this Loom Divide, but was even more delighted by it when I realised it was designed by my friends Ruben and Golnar at RiveRoshan.
Shown during Milan design week as part of the Form and Seek collective at Ventura Lambrate their Loom Divide is a room divider based on the tradition of hand loom weaving.
Utilising what would be the warp and weft, the screen is made up of threads held on tension that can be interchanged to create different levels of visibility and a beautiful colour interplay.
They have used English bakers twine which gives the screen a delicate moiré effect diffusing the visibility but not blocking light. The design also utilises the tension of the threads for its construction with no glue or screws being used and allowing for woven hinge constructions.
15th April 2014
Confirming her place as one of my favourite designers, Jetske Visser's work always surprises me with her simple yet thoughtful approach to design and colour.
Her latest project shown during Dutch Invertuals Happy Future explores how steam gave rise to an industrial revolution and the impact it had on the textile industry as it became a method by which to fix dye.
Working with TextielMuseum & TextielLab and Mirte Engelhard Jetske has explored an enchanting and delicate approach to pattern and design through fixing of her fabrics. What is particularly lovely about her fabric pieces and garments is the ephemeral patterns and shapes that are left as almost traces rather than pre determined pattern.
2nd April 2014
"Mount Etna is a mine without miners – it is excavating itself to expose its raw materials."
Having been tantalised by their volcano project for a few months now Studio Forma Fantasma, in collaboration with the brilliant Gallery Libby Sellers are unveiling their De Natura Fossilium collection during Milan design week next week.
An investigation into the culture of lava in the Mount Etna and Stromboli regions of Sicily, two of the last active volcanoes in Europe, Studio Forma Fantasma have been exploring the material possibilities from the volcanoes themselves.
Gathering stone as well as using re melted lava to produce glass that has then been mouth blown they have created a series of beautiful objects.
In addition they have also investigated volcanic fibres that have been woven into two wall hangings that depict the Greek mythological gods of Mount Etna and the microscopic views of the volcanic rocks geological strata.
1st April 2014
The brilliant Studio Glithero are to show their latest project in Milan next week incorporating an organ music book re purposed into punch cards for a jacquard.
Commissioned by the Zuiderzee Museum in the Netherlands
they have taken influence from two different industries to bring them together with a new design narrative.
Taking the music code from the organ book, Glithero have translated it directly to a punch card for a traditional jacquard loom which then translates the design into the woven fabric.
When played in an organ the holes denote a note and on the jacquard hooks fall through the holes creating the pattern.
Working with weaver Wil van den Broek and master organ maker Leon van Leeuwen to produce the fabrics the chosen colours reference the craftsmen's workshops.
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.