During Dutch Design Week 2011 in October We Make Carpets held an exhibition of new works on a different scale to the trio of designers’ normal rug creations. The tiny rugs placed in a model house were made of materials like confetti, flower petals, nails, matches, spices, staples and Dutch food sprinkle ‘muisjes’. All photographs… Read more »
At Chicago’s NeoCon trade fair in 2011 Maharam introduced a new fabric range called Point by Paul Smith. It marks the sixth textile collaboration between the British fashion designer and the Maharam Design Studio, in which Smith has explored different stripe relationships. This new series is distinguished by a fusion of construction and pattern, dense… Read more »
The Rug Company recently released a range of colourful 100% cotton dhurries with simple geometric designs. The dhurries are part of The Rug Company’s in-house Studio Collection, and are available from stock in various colours, patterns and sizes from mid-November. These first designs in the collection are called Udaipurs and will be joined by Asan,… Read more »
The ‘i FABRIC. European Talent’ exhibition, at the Audax Textielmuseum Tilburg, presents a young generation of highly promising designers from Europe who are active in the fields of fashion, interior textiles and design. The work on show comes from Central Saint Martins, London, the Royal Academy Antwerp, the Design Academy Eindhoven plus other up and… Read more »
Italian manufacturer Paola Lenti‘s new Zoe rug from the Natural Collection is produced with wound up wool cord and looks aesthetically inspired by the coiled construction of traditional rag rugs. The Zoe rug is available in three versions: small spiral-like modules sewn together in a non-orthogonal geometric sequence; small spiral-like modules orthogonally sewn together with filled in… Read more »
Camilla Brent-Smith is a textile designer in the process of launching her first collection. She lived and worked in India during and after her degree, observing the ancient techniques of block printers and finding great influence in the country as a whole. Brent-Smith’s latest hand-drawn designs are inspired by India but also by Henry Moore,… Read more »
Embroidery is rarely described as ‘edgy’ but in Jamie Chalmers’ new book Push Stitchery: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Stitched Art, published by Lark Books, its application on quirky and sometimes controversial artworks is highlighted. Here are several examples of the work featured.
London-based rug designer Helen Yardley, who features in the latest issue of COVER (Autumn 2011) has released a new range of wall-hangings. The designs, which strongly relate to Yardley’s carpets, are made of pure wool felt, which is hand dyed and machine stitched and over-printed. Not only are the pieces decorative but are also fantastic… Read more »