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Here are some illustrations, which show the evolution of botanical drawings to garment form. Ideally, I would like to start toiling and developing these shapes and then incorporate details/textures/embellishments which also reference the illustrations. Advertisements
Although I haven’t yet received my naturally dyed threads from Japan, I have begun to experiment with embroidery. I am trying conventional techniques, but executing them in a less refined/constrained manner with thicker and less even thread. This piece of … Continue reading
Inspired by a tablecloth I recently inherited when my Great Great Aunt passed away, I decided to play with cutwork. The negative/positive space design was achieved through stylising a botanical drawing of tulips by Jane Loudon. When/if I re-use cutwork … Continue reading
I have been learning some smocking techniques, which I would like to play with further in order to emulate textures depicted in botanical drawings. It could be interesting to adopt smocking on a large scale (eg. using 25cm by 25cm … Continue reading
I am constantly reading sources which dismiss the artistic merit and skill of hand-crafts. Hence, it is always nice to come across a more positive portrayal. In April 1904 the editor of Home Journal challenged contemporary trivialisation of hand-crafts when … Continue reading
While I want to pay homage to (and conserve in motion) traditional domestic handicraft techniques used for textile and fashion design, I do not simply want to create reproductions. My practice is about drawing inspiration from time-honoured craftsmanship to … Continue reading