New Textile Range, ‘Pear Drops’ and ‘Falling Apples’

Isn’t it funny how you can be carrying out a fairly mind numbing chore around the house when, ✳ping, you see something at a certain angle and it sets off the beginnings of a new design?

Well, it was a little group of asymmetric pears that caught my eye this time – I hope you like the end product, soon to be made into scarfs, cushions or any other suggestions you may have!

Pear group

Pear Drops on Silk

‘Pear Drops’ printed on 100% Silk

Big Pear Drop on Poplin

“Big Pear Drops’ on 100% Cotton Poplin

'Falling Apples' printed on 100% Silk

‘Falling Apples’ printed on 100% Silk

I would love to hear what you are working on or what has recently inspired you.

I was thinking of making the silk into scarfs but if you have any other ideas, suggestions welcome!

Have a great weekend.

Crafted Consumerism

I’ve spent this week looking at textile manufacturing processes, both printed and woven and it reminded me of a thought provoking exhibition I saw last year in a superb venue, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC.

Artist Brian Jungen looks at everyday items, deconstructs them and reforms them into entirely new objects – a mass of expensive golf bags transform into contemporary totem poles, plastic chairs into a dinosaur skeleton but the piece that really caught my eye was “Peoples Flag”, on loan from the National Gallery of Canada. Here, Jungen amassed a collection of mass produced materials, hats, coats, umbrellas and stitched them together to form a huge red flag.

Partly inspired by banners created by Greenpeace activists and also by a poem, “The Red Flag” written by Irish political activist Jim Connell in 1889, “Peoples Flag” is a beautifully crafted piece ironically made from mass produced consumer items.