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Vintage Dutch Design – AaBe Wool Blankets Exhibition

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Denna Jones Wool blankets – cream with red or aqua stripes and yellow with red stripes and green borders – are stacked on a flat bed sleigh behind a harnessed reindeer in a snowy landscape. Clad in red with a fur framed yellow hood, the sleigh’s driver holds a receipt for the man in the… Read more »

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Lindsay Alker launches “House of Bertoncini” fabric collection

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Denna Jones British textile designer Lindsay Alker’s second collection of hand silk-screened textiles made in England and printed on natural linen, launches September 2013 at London’s prestigious Decorex International design show. Titled “House of Bertoncini”, Alker’s collection was inspired by Alker’s aunt Palmira Bertoncini’s early 20th century villa in the Italian countryside.   Palmira Bertoncini… Read more »

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New Designers 2013: a Star is Discovered

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Denna Jones “Pop! pop! pop!” Daniel Beckford positions his arms to hold an imaginary rug tufting gun, pumps his hands, and delights in providing verbal support for his impromptu demonstration of how he placed scattered pot shots of wool across a quadrant of his degree show rug “My Life”, shown as part of Staffordshire University’s… Read more »

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The pop! of modern African textiles meets Roy Lichtenstein

Over the river, and through the woods, but your scribe isn’t going to grandma’s house. A visit to the British Museum’s African Textiles Today requires perseverance to cross multiple galleries, wend through crowds, until Gallery 90 is reached by fleet feet up four flights. Don’t be flummoxed by In Search of Classical Greece, cross through… Read more »

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Fabulous textile Christmas stocking stuffer under a fiver? Artisan du Chocolat!

Chocolate is your scribe’s Achilles heel. Never ever ubiquitous cheap chocolate, but always luxury dark chocolate requiring a mindful journey to the byways of Chelsea and Artisan du Chocolat. Founded by artisan chocolatier Gerard Coleman (famous for his creation of liquid salted caramels), Artisan offer a range of handmade chocolates. They also understand it’s sinful… Read more »

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Mermaids, cherubs & cheer: Lana MacKinnon’s mid-century designs

“Victory in Europe” day was celebrated 8 May 1945 to mark the end of World War II. A flow of celebratory imagery appeared on ceramics, furnishing and dress fabrics, textiles and rugs. Mermaids and dolphins; putti and roses; swags and urns. Villas and houses were popular too. Colours were clear. But change is rarely singular…. Read more »

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Rumble in the rhombus: TEX Tile weave inspired ceramic tiles

Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay are the Raw-Edges Design Studio. Their TEX Tile ceramic tile collection for Mutina is inspired by the texture of textiles. “Almost every object has its own particular texture, whether it’s a natural or a handmade material”, the duo declare. Their tactile reference library was the springboard for experimenting with plasticine… Read more »

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Textiles for Chocoholics

Edible Surfaces is a collaborative project by London based textile studio Pinaki Studios and Amsterdam’s premium chocolate retailer Chocolátl. The collaboration draws inspiration from the processes of chocolate artisans and textile manipulations such as pleating, creasing and embossing. Arantza Vilas, founder of Pinaki Studios, met Leslie Vanderleeuw and Erik Spande, the partnership behind Chocolatl, and… Read more »

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Joshua Ben Longo’s Monster Skin is where the wild things are

Guy Fawkes night is past; the crypt is closed on Halloween; Alla helgons dag is no more, and the Day of the Dead is buried. The annual commemoration of failed political skullduggery; the celebration of ghouls, witches and “sexy” Halloween; and remembrances of the dead are over for 2012. Gone too is the Barbican’s production… Read more »

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Crochetdermy

Editor Ben Evans picked up the Metro on the way to work this morning and discovered crotchetdermy. We love crocheting queen Shauna Richardson’s collection of stuffed animals. So do the V&A who exhibited her work as part of their ‘The Power of Making’ exhibition. Her creations remind me of the old joke: … “Would you… Read more »

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Art, Art Textiles, Installation, Other Design (furniture etc), Textiles, We Like

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