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.
Earlier in the year I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Justine Harvey, the editor of Houses magazine which is published by AGM. It was a delight to chat to Justine. If you get the chance, pick up a copy to read my rambles and get a glimpse behind the scenes of Smitten HQ.
The photographs taken of me in the studio, are by my friend Rachel Shearer. She has taken some great photos of other artists in their studios at Corbans Estate Art Centre.
Check this out here - rachelshields.co.nz/projects/
There are a couple of styled product shots included, taken by Nikki Astwood, the genius behind Revised Edition Style who has helped me out this year with some great photography of my fabrics and products. Some of you may recognize from my various posts.
If you need a stylist, I'm can totally recommend Nikki - www.revisededition.co.nz/
The remainder of the photos are random ones taken by me around Corbans which makes a great backdrop on a good day!
Thank you Resene and YHG for selecting us as the first finalist for the Your Home and Garden Resene colour Home Awards. So chuffed! As a finalist look what you get. Chocolate and a voucher for paint! what more could a girl want, not much!
Here are some pics of my house too, you may recognise the place as its often used as a backdrop for my textiles. I do love colourful walls. Watch this space as to how I spend that voucher!