Thursday 31 December 2015

Nadia Dafri

French artist Nadia Dafri expresses her creativity across many areas including fashion, accessories and household items. Her jewelry has many tribal influences and being textile is soft textural and luxurious. I do love the way that textile jewelry facilitates amazing fabric manipulation and experimentation

Friday 18 December 2015

Wiebke Siem

German artist Wiebke Siem makes incredible textile art objects that have persona's from a fairy tale, fantastic anthropomorphic forms made from everyday textiles of suits and towels. Sculptures that have appear to have a life locked within them like a puppet waiting to be animated by human touch.

Friday 11 December 2015

Cavalier II

This is the Dora Dress from Singapore-based kids design company Cavalier.
"Dora is my mom and the dress is homage to her. She’s a real classic dresser, hence the little black dress, but we believe that everyone has a wild side so we decided to give it a little twist with the rocker hands. On the rear neckline of the dress is an embroidered Mark Twain quote ‘My mother had a great deal of trouble with me but I think she enjoyed it." Angela Chong

Thursday 10 December 2015

Cavalier I

Sometimes designers of children's clothes get it so right, Angela Chong is one of those designers I love her 'Trip the Light Fantastic' range of stylish easy to wear, well-designed clothes.
“One of my biggest pet peeves is size and gender labels. I think if you look at a piece of clothing, if it speaks to you, it’s basically up to you to wear it however you want and in whatever size you want.” Angela Chong, Designer of Cavalier

Friday 27 November 2015

Yoon Ji Seon

Korean artist Yoon Ji Seon constructs incredible self portraits using rags and thread. These portraits often look as though Yoon is being blown away, as the threads melt away from the face.

Thursday 26 November 2015

Marina Godoy

A good sketchbook is a wonderful thing, with its containment of thoughts either related or jumbled, gathered in one document. Sketchbooks are lived in and have the patina of use, sweat and toil on the pages, split coffee and tears of frustration. 
A textile sketchbook seems to take this human touch even further with it scraps of fabric, clothing, bedding, buttons, stitch and jewels, it has a visual tactility that is compelling. These examples are the work of Brazilian artist Marina Godoy.

Saturday 21 November 2015

Olga Ezova-Denisova

With themes of 'Spruce' 'Bilberry' and 'The Forest' Olga Ezova-Denisova hand prints and hand embroiders these stunning textiles creating things of great beauty.

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Ports 1961

Ports 1961 woman's wear pre-spring collection, is an angular minimalist collection which also manages to have a flowing ease. The tailoring is graphically accentuated by use of coloured bias binding on key seam details

Sunday 15 November 2015

Bart Hess 'Silver'

Yesterday 'Silver' Nanine Linning's new production premiered at  Theater Heidelberg with costumes by Bart Hess. 
'Silver' addresses the intimate and increasingly intrusive relationship between the human and the technological, showing its potential for future developments, but also questioning its promise of ever increasing progress and self-improvement. Nanine Linning

Thursday 12 November 2015

Irina Dzhus III

Irina Dzhus's Sprng /Summer 2016 Dzhus collection is as usual wonderful and unique with it's complex but clean lines and plain fabrics. Irina has been working with concepts relating to the structural features of medical clothing in this collection.

Friday 6 November 2015

Jill Skulina

Jill Skulina is a Dundee based artist who works in textiles and has been working upcycling and hand constructing jackets.

Thursday 5 November 2015

Victoria Sorochinski

Victoria Sorochinski has produced a series of mother and daughter portraits 'Ana and Eve' exploring age and power. I have chosen these two images involving textiles and bonds as I found them poignant, powerful and disturbing. I love the theatrical use of colour and the narrative led itself in my mind to being developed into costume.
“Anna & Eve” is a long-term narrative project that I started to work on in 2005. This project (as well as most of my work) dwells in between fantasy and documentary. Even though, all the scenes are staged, they reveal a real relationship of a mother and her daughter. Anna and Eve were particularly interesting to me, when I first met them in 2005, because the boundary between the child and the adult woman was blurred to an unusually high degree. Anna – the mother seemed at times more of a child than her 4 year-old daughter – Eve. It was often hard to tell who held the power and control between the two, and who was learning the essence of being a human in this world.

I was always interested in folk tales as a representation of common knowledge, and their influence on children’s perception of good and bad, and of morality. Therefore, in the beginning of the series I often applied to my photographs a frame of a myth or a folk tale. These photographs are not based on particular tales; rather, they are new myths that represent through phantasmagoric scenes my interpretation of the real relationship of this mother and daughter. Victoria Sorochinski 

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Mandy Pattullo I

I have admired the work of Mandy Pattullo for many years and I recently found some of images of jackets that she had mended, adorned and made her own. These collages of textiles reminded me of the creations of  MO Bordeaux.

Friday 30 October 2015

MO Bordeaux

Collaborating since 1995 on costumes and accessories for the performing arts MO Bordeaux have this year branched out to release a distinctive collection of coats and jackets. 

"Each piece is handmade from tapestries embroidered in cotton. Each tapestry tells a story. This fabric, rich in folk tradition and already worked by unknown hands, nourishes our imagination. By choosing scenes from the tapestries, we compose a new story and create a unique piece of clothing." MO Bordeaux