Sunday, 27 March 2016

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Hiroshi Nomot

Love these fun, surreal ventures of Japanese silversmith Hiroshi Nomot
"I want to express the warmhearted sensations of thrill and excitement. The mask is a border between my inner self and outer self. A sense of consciousness connecting and influencing myself.My other self and you arises by wearing the 'MASK'."   Hiroshi Nomot

Friday, 25 March 2016

Annelies Henny and Hannah Sullivan

With Force and Noise (teaser) from hannah on Vimeo.

The images above are from an embroidered costume created in collaboration between performance artist Hannah Sullivan and costume designer Annelies Henny for a performance called 'With Force and Noise'. Hannah has been researching and exploring the emotion 'anger' and has come to understand it as a combination of biological motivation and a socially complex entity.
Anger is an emotion that is bound up with our perceptions of madness and often dismissed but it is a powerful force, a strong often ugly part of  our humanity, too often neglected, behind more socially palatable emotions like fear and love.
Through working with ideas for the costume Hannah found herself suddenly in a world of craft.

"I was led to a world of craft and textile that opened a whole new angle on the emotion of anger. This angle is that anger motivates us to make something visible or witnessed, a possible route for this is what I am calling radical craft." Hannah Sullivan
                                         Image above:Jack Offord
"Hannah came to me with lots of research around anger and we worked together in the studio translating it into a costume, then Hannah did lots of drawing and I translated that into embroidery... " Annelies Henny

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

George Duan

Sometimes fashion is made by the accessories and I think these shoes by product designer George Duan are fantastic.
"An experimental shoe created using a CNC machine. I wanted to make a wooden sole for a shoe that has a very complex form. I also CNC an aluminum mold for the rubber pad modeling. The wooden sole is a piece maple cut with Tormach." George Duan

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Fabrics and how they rot, or not.

I am working on a series of posters about plastic pollution of our beaches, seas and oceans.
I used to like finding fabric items on the beach and if they were attractive enough using them in textile illustrations. They were chance discoveries of someone else's history, a little like archeology and I liked to weave them back into the 'fabric of life' by making them key parts of my work.

However lately, I have been finding a lot of plastic gloves, garments and shoes that are man made and do not biodegrade. As I find greater quantities of them, I am realising the incredible damage that these cheap engineered synthetic fabrics are having on our environment and thus on our water and food.
This is bad enough, but then I find that research is being conducted on the vast amounts of microscopic filaments that these garments release just through being washed which are then ingested along our coasts by sea creatures. These tiny fibers cannot be gathered in a beach clean these are infecting our world at a microscopic level that is impossible to fix.

Solution, don't buy man-made fibers buy organic cotton, linen, flax and wool.
Stop the rot by buying fabrics that do rot.