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Japanese thread samples, 2 March

My lovely and generous friend Maxi (who has impeccable taste) has shown me these samples of natural dyed olive leaf yarn and fabric, which her parents brought back from Japan. Now to find someone who speaks Japanese so I can … Continue reading

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Reworking Ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement, 1 March

  Increasingly drawn towards the British Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, my research has identified certain contradictions and silences, which I would like to address. Although I remain inspired by the holistic practice … Continue reading

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Illustrations 27 February

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.

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Embroidery

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

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Cutwork

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

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Smocking

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

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17 February, 2011

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

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