The art of textile making is ancient but it is always evolving. Strand upon strand, layer upon layer fibres are woven together to create a solid piece of cloth, or a length of yarn or string. It’s a remarkable process, especially when you look at the source of these materials; a flock of sheep, a field of cotton, or a silkworm. Today is a spotlight on textile designers who are exploring the tradition of textile making and innovating new materials and applications. Hope you enjoy!
Made from wool sourced and woven in Canada these striped blankets are simple and stylish. The colour combinations are beautiful and one of these blankets would be just the ticket for cozying up your bed or sofa for the winter months. I think the sheep would be proud of what their fleece has produced.
A hand painted silk scarf is the best way to add some excitement to a plain top or sweater and nothing beats the luxuriousness of silk on your bare skin. This colourful scarf from nabi boubou is so gorgeous it’s like draping a piece of art around your neck.
Textile artist Jazmin Berakha is from Buenos Aires where she creates richly embroidered artworks. Using a mixture of colour, pattern and texture her pieces are vibrant and captivating. I encourage you to explore all of Jazmin’s portfolio if you have a few minutes to spare.
Here’s an example of textile art on a much larger scale. This textile field art installation was created by Bouroullec for London Design Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Isn’t it extraordinary? I’m always drawn to installations that encourage you to touch them and this installation you can even walk across and lounge on.
One of the most exciting ways textiles are being employed today is through the development of fabrics and materials made from recycled materials. The pressed-felt used to make these Pod chairs is made from recycled PET bottles and the chairs’ stackable design minimizes the carbon footprint when it comes to shipping and transport.
That’s the end of today’s textile spotlight. If you have an interest in learning how to make natural felt I have tutorial planned for later in the month. Stay tuned!
Have a great weekend everyone.