The 25th Designer Craftsmen exhibition opens at the Mall Galleries in London tomorrow and runs for the next 10 days.
At the Mall Galleries this morning the final set up was in full swing and I can tell you that it’s going to be a wonderful exhibition of contemporary crafts. It is well worth a visit!!
I am exhibiting my new designs based on research into the textiles and ceramics of the Ottoman Empire.
‘The history of the Ottoman Empire and its ceramics and textiles are an ongoing topic of research. The pattern/cut of the coat has been developed from close observation of Ottoman garments preserved at the Clothworkers Centre, London.
The textile designs are hand drawn freely with marker pens and then scanned and digitally printed onto Shantung silk. Machine embroidery, added once the garments and throw have been assembled, enhances the design.’
Large silk throw – A large over-all motif. Digitally printed and embroidered Shantung silk. Hand finished and fully interlined and lined. Hand made silk tassels
Long coat - A replica of an Ottoman garment and made to an authentic pattern. Digitally printed and machine embroidered Shantung silk. Hand finished and fully interlined and lined. Covered buttons.
Jacket – A modern design and cut. Digitally printed repeat pattern on Shantung silk. Hand finished and fully interlined and lined. Covered buttons.
I have 2 felted figurative sculptures in the shop. These little people are inspired by the motion and form of contemporary dancers.
It is some time since I last posted an article however I am back and, embarking on a new business designing and making kaftans, I will be continuing my research of Ottoman textiles and the history of the Ottoman Empire.
I had a wonderful morning at the Clothworkers Centre, London studying two beautiful Ottoman Entaris.
The first was a striped Lampas silk beautifully embroidered in chain stitch with a floral motif.
Entari 1900. Museum number: T.96 to B – 1954
Front detail – scalloped edges. Chain stitch embroidered floral pattern
Cuff shape detail
Stitch detail and lining
Edging detail and stitching
I have made plenty of notes and measured sketches and will post these once I have redrawn and finished them.
I am exhibiting three pieces of textile art in response to the theme: ‘Liminal’ – crossing the threshold.
‘Haphazard, misshapen branches from fallen trees pepper the route of my morning walks. I am always intrigued by the ambiguity of their forms – some gnarled and twisted, others smooth and elegant. It is the essence of creatures that lurk between the dead wood and my imagination that informs my felted and embroidered sculptures’.
The Contemporary Textile Fair 2013 was held at the Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington – March 8th -10th 2013
This was the first time I had exhibited at the Fair and I had a really enjoyable weekend. The Landmark Arts Centre building is a large Gothic style church with high vaulted ceilings and some beautiful stained glass windows. Despite its lofty ceilings the space was warm and inviting and the exhibitor stands were set out in well-lit booths.
– and these are some of my favourite textiles of the Fair: