Thursday 25 January 2024

Jon Eric Riis I

Hands of the Oracle (Couched fresh-water pearls, coral beads) by tapestry artist Jon Eric Riis.

Above:“Hands” (Tibetan Altar Piece) Couched fresh-water pearls, coral beads, leather, lacquered wood and bast fiber. 7” x 23” x 25”.

Monday 22 January 2024

Sunday 14 January 2024

Miesje Chafer

Miesje Chafer makes beautiful textiles and has a fantastic colour palette. I was drawn to her new obsession with Chicken Scratch lace.  'Chicken Scratch' embroidery a.k.a. Depression lace (also has lots of other names) is a style of embroidery used on gingham during the the depression to give the illusion of lace. Traditionally it would have been worked in white thread but it's so fun trying out all the different stitches in different colours! 

Saturday 13 January 2024

John Alexander Skelton


John Alexander Skelton's designs are the finest examples of slow fashion, impeccably crafted with hand blocked, dyed and printed, embroidered designs and master craftsman details such as hand made hats by the wonderful Rachel Frost.   There is joy, love and care in the making a quality beyond words, a quality of human soul. 

Tuesday 9 January 2024

Riitta Päiväläinen II


Years ago I found a handmade dress from second-hand shop.

It fitted me perfectly. To whom this dress was made for?

What was the story of her life?

For me a piece of clothing represents its former wearer.

Someone was present while ago, but now she/he is gone.

The faded colours and tears in the fabric show the signs of the time passed.

The distinction between absence and presence is subtle. Riitta Päiväläinen

Sunday 7 January 2024

Riitta Päiväläinen I

"Some years ago I took images of frozen children clothes.

The words that I had in my mind during the process where:



Frozen versus movement

Absence and presence

Flickering memories


I had almost forgotten the images.

Heavy thoughts of Ukraine and innocent children forced to leave their homes, brought these images back to my mind." "Once we all were children" Riitta Päiväläinen