Friday, 20 August 2021

Séverine Gallardo I


Séverine Gallardo's wonderful felted, embroidered and knitted headwear. Séverine graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Marseille in 2000 and fought to major using textiles and medium she had used since a child with her grandmothers.

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Danny Mansmith II


"My Mom passed 33 years ago. She asked me one year to make her a dress to wear to my Dad's company picnic. I made a floor-length sleeveless dress with a sash of patchwork African fabrics. My Mom was excited to wear it and my Dad felt embarrassed about the dress. My Mom wore the dress and there were ladies from Africa at the picnic that loved the dress, Mom was proud telling them her son made it for her.That original dress was lost through the years so I created a new one inspired by those memories. Mom's new spirit dress."         Danny Mansmith

This dress is part of the exhibition "Like Mother" at The Vashon Center for the Arts May 7 - 30, 2021

Monday, 26 October 2020



Journeys in Design commissioned illustrator Sue Shields to create a tea towel tribute to the working women of the linen industry. The design includes a cut-out pattern and instructions to assemble our Linen Millie doll. These dolls are a focus for crafting skills and memories old and new, all part of Our Linen Stories.

Female linen mill workers 'Millies' were the backbone of the first industry to emerge from Scotland and Ireland and much of Europe: hard-working, multi-tasking and super-skilled. At the peak of linen trading in the early 20th century, tens of thousands of women were employed to support the economy of a continent. There is still a working mill here in Kirkcaldy that makes incredible fabrics.
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These historic images and 'Millies' were exhibited at Kirkcaldy Museum.

Monday, 24 August 2020

Riccardo Maria Chiacchio I


"Chille ch’e’ ncuolle a tte n’e’ rroba toja” (What you’re wearing isn’t yours). 
So goes the chant sung by the washerwomen of Napoli, in one of the earliest examples of Neapolitan song, dating back to the late twelfth century.
This is a project about connections.
Mothers connecting to their sons, bodies connecting to fabric, faces connecting to their ancient features.
All clothes have been washed in the Mediterranean Sea and been exposed to the ashes of Mount Vesuvius.
All clothes will preserve the memories I have given them.
All subjects were born and raised in Napoli. Riccardo Maria Chiacchi 

Saturday, 8 August 2020

Alice Starmore

Alice Starmore is a Scottish artist, designer & author who transforms ideas of traditional knitwear. ‘Flights of Fancy’ where she knits intricate feather designs in her costumes.

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Millie Jenkinson I

Millie Jenkinson is a current fashion student at Plymouth College of Art, she has been working with insect, chrysalis themed designs and textures. I love her exploratory collage illustrations.