TITIRANGI VILLAGE MARKET
SUNDAY - DECEMBER 9TH, 10 - 2PM
SUNDAY - DECEMBER 16TH, 10 - 2PM
So these are the last few markets where I'll be popping up. Hope to see you! x
TITIRANGI VILLAGE MARKET
SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 25TH, 10 - 2PM
SUNDAY - DECEMBER 9TH, 10 - 2PM
SUNDAY - DECEMBER 16TH, 10 - 2PM
LOPDELL PRECINCT XMAS MARKET
FRIDAY - DECEMBER 7TH, 5PM - 9PM
Seed pod and Scribble grass, new designs from 2017.
The seed pod design is inspired from a magnificent Kowhai tree at the front of our house. These pods get scattered and blown all over our property. I love discovering tiny little mini kowhai shrubs that pop up out of nowhere. The Tui's love this tree so much in Spring. More about that in Spring! I have many drawings of these pods, but wanted to create very simple, playful design, so in the end it was all about the curves!
The scribble grass design was inspired by a few pics snapped during a visit to Piha. I love this beach so much, it's half hour drive from where I live, along the very picturesque Scenic Drive. A wild west coast beach and a fabulous place to blow the cobwebs out. This grass twists and curls up out the black sand dunes. I love this green colour too in contrast to the dark sand. It is a breathtaking beach and last time I was there with my family, we rented a little cottage. I think I'm going to have devote some more design time there this year!
There is always a story to a textile design. A starting point. I'm trying to get better at documenting my processes as they all connect and intercept. I'm inspired mostly by the stuff that surrounds me.
The fabulous Patternity folks put this well in their manifesto:
"Pattern is everywhere we go and it's in everything we do
It’s there when we look up, down and all around, outside ourselves and deep within
Pattern speaks a powerful universal language that connects us all
We’re living in an age of overload and complexity
The systems we are a part of are failing
We’ve become so focused on the ‘I’ not the ‘we’
We have lost our sense of connection to our environment, each other and to ourselves
It’s time to wake up and reconnect the dots"
I thought I'd write a little about some bespoke textiles I did last year.
I tend to post a lot on instagram, and neglect the opportunity to talk a bit more in depth about certain projects. So here is a bit of background to a few custom orders.
1. Kim Lane, Coastal Creative.
I have mentioned Kim a few times, she is an interior designer and stylist and was kind enough to interview me on her blog. She also sells my cushions and Tea towels through her online shop, www.thecoastalcabin.com.
I met her a while back when I worked for a commercial textile company. Then bumped into her at the Auckland Fair, my very first one, back in 2016! She liked my cushions, but the colours I had back then had a lot of hot pink in them (I have a thing for hot pink). I suggested to her that I'd be happy to mix colours to suit her projects.
I was delighted she took me up on this! Kim posted me some paint swatches that she had carefully curated for me to colour match to.
Here is a photo of my humble method of colour mixing! And the end results.
For the final colours, Kim decided to drop the blue as this was a winter collection and felt the blue was a little too summery, so we keep that up our sleeves for later. :-)
I was hugely pleased with these. Most of them have found new owners but there is still a couple left www.thecoastalcabin.com/product-page/linen-cushion-1
2. Clare Wyness
Clare is part of my community, one of my lovely local, friendly, school mums. And... she loves to support her local creative cohorts. She got in touch after seeing one of my posts on Instagram with a colour swatch I was working on, and one thing led to another. I had the honour of an on site visit, (yes we did have a glass of wine) so I could take in the existing furniture, rug, painting and art etc. that these cushions wold co-exist with. I was influenced by her big brown leather sofas and kilim rug, She also had a stunning piece of abstract art in blues and teals.
3. Deborah Ward
One of the many reasons I like having a stall at the local markets is to get the opportunity to chat! This commision came about when Deborah was visiting her old stomping ground of Titirangi and really loved my painterly pink cushions that I had for sale at the Titirangi market. However, after much contemplation she was worried they would be a little bit too bright for her newly painted pink bedroom walls. I offered to get a swatch of the paint colour and print a little sample to match it. The paint colour turned out to be from Katie Lockharts Everyday needs paint collection. Yum! (I ordered ALL the swatches). The colour I matched to is called Hessian. A beautiful dusky pink. I didn't record much of the work in progress, but here is the end result, image's provided by Deborah.
It was a huge honour to be featured in the Makers section of Cuisine magazine at the end of last year. Totally one of my all time favourite food magazines. The styling by Fiona Lascelles with my Scribble Grass Tea Towel blew me away! (see image below)
It's New York Textile Month during September and there are so many interesting talks, events, discussions, exhibitions. It is really worth spending some time here: www.textilemonth.nyc to see what is on offer.
Jack Lenor Larsen, is one of my hero's, internationally known for his woven and printed textiles he founded his textile business in 1952 and is one of the most prolific textile designers of the twentieth century. He designed fabrics for elegant homes, public buildings, and corporate offices and worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, Pan American and Braniff Airlines.
If you have a spare 23 minutes I can recommend watching this clip. Handmade in America. Love listening to Jack speak about his craft. Or if you can head over to New york, they are doing a film screening as part of the NYTM.
Why is there a New York Textile Month? Lidewu Edelkoort articulates it beautifully here:
"At a time when textile heritage is at a crossroads and centuries of tradition and knowledge are being compromised, the need arises to protect these endangered species in the same way we have come to defend our animal friends in the natural world; therefore we urgently need to discuss and talk about textiles again" A MANIFESTO BY LIDEWIJ EDELKOORT
I'm booking tickets to NY next year. xx
Little Koha offer a beautiful range of gift packs, each containing carefully chosen locally made products. You can find my hand printed linen Tea towels in their lovely Kitchen Hamper and Dining Room Gift Hamper. Wonderful house warming idea's. :-)
Chloe, the lady behind the biz, has begun a series of blogs interviewing the people behind the products she sells. So, you can pop over and read a bit more about me, follow the link below.
Love working with interior designers! You can head over to Kim Lanes Blog @thecoastalcreative to find out why and also read a bit more about my processes. Enjoy!
So happy to have my samples in the safe hands of Martine Kilo, she knows a thing or two about handprinted fabrics and supports unique and eclectic design. Martine also worked with Julie Patterson of the infamous Cloth Fabric label in Australia for over 10 years.
Feel very grateful for her interest in my work. Home Industry is a bespoke home furnishings store featuring carefully selected and restored furniture, homewares and quality interior fabrics. They are based in Balmain East, Sydney. Look forward to an excuse to visit Sydney soon! In the meantime check out: https://homeindustry.com.au/
I'm very excited to be announcing this show at at last!
Embedded is a Textile Art Show, co-curated by myself and Maddie Gifford. The selected Artists are all unique in the way they manipulate textiles in their art and design practise.
The show is contemporary and edgy and definitely surprising.
I am currently busy making my pieces for Embedded. Some of you know my background as a Textile Arts grad from Goldsmiths University of London back in 1996. Feels like a million years ago now, so much has happened in my life since!
It has been quite a journey creating new work for an exhibition, a process which has allowed me to touch upon the concepts and research I undertook while I was at Goldsmiths and that still seem so relevant today.
I will be posting images of the show for those who can't make it, so come back soon. x
Here is a bit of blurb about the exhibition:
From the time we are born, we are all embedded in cloth. So too are our personal memories embedded in the clothing, fabrics and textiles that we interact with throughout our lives. This group textile exhibition features an array of female artists who all explore the relationship between textiles and the different memories we each fold into them individually and as a wider society.
Through texture, colour, pattern and tactility, the artists in this exhibition push the boundaries of our usual interactions with textiles in everyday life.