Contemporary basketry

Making a basket is probably the oldest weaving method that goes back thousands of years. Young branches and strong grasses were used to make small handy baskets for hunting, fishing, carrying, and More »

Fabrics for Fashion: Part 1

Without fabric there would be no fashion. Whether woven, knitted, printed, embroidered or bejewelled, textiles are crucial to the eloquence of apparel and fundamental to the fashion design process. We are presenting More »

Rosalind Wyatt: Text and Textile

The versatility of textiles and the wide spectrum of usage of fabrics and threads are enormous. Rosalind Wyatt, London based visual artist and calligrapher is well aware of it and use it More »

Paulina Bartnik’s embroidered brooches

Paulina Bartnik is a Polish textile artist based in Lublin. Her work amazes equally art lovers, textile crafters and bird enthusiasts. She creates beautifully detailed bird brooches using techniques of needle felting and More »

 

Bocci Design – Canadian Lightning Magic

Bocci Design – Canadian Lightning Magic

In pre-industrialized western societies the average individual owned less that 100 objects throughout their lifetime. A lifetime with only 100 discreet objects is a life in which each object is likely practical, beautiful, particular, inherited, and well made. These objects are undoubtedly precious to their owners; each possessing a tremendous emotional depository of memories. Bocci is a contemporary design and manufacturing house based in Vancouver, Canada, with a satellite company based in Berlin, Germany.

Enameled Dishes Link Between Past and Future

Enameled Dishes Link Between Past and Future

Enamel was first applied commercially to sheet iron and steel in Austria and Germany in about 1850. Industrialization increased as the purity of raw materials increased and costs decreased. The wet application process started with the discovery of the use of clay to suspend frit in water. Developments that followed during the twentieth century include enameling-grade steel, cleaned-only surface preparation, automation, and ongoing improvements in efficiency, performance, and quality.

Janine Drayson’s Summer Breeze

Janine  Drayson’s Summer Breeze

Janine Drayson is a freelance artist and illustrator living on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. She specialises in watercolour and collage and uses a wide variety of recycled materials.
As well as her original pieces and limited edition prints, which are available for purchase onllne, she is also available for private commissions and her work has been widely published.

Dartington Crystal: A Simple Luxury for Your Home

Dartington Crystal: A Simple Luxury for Your Home

With a reputation for fine quality, leading design and a simple elegance Dartington Crystal will always be cherished and appreciated and is sure to make the perfect choice for any occasion.

The Story of Bookmarks

The Story of Bookmarks

What are you using as a bookmark? A simple ribbon or piece of string? An old concert ticket? A wrinkled paper with someones phone number? I remember my father used to put in the book just a small, ripped off piece of newspapers. Well, I hope you are more creative person, who, like I do, think that is much more in this small object called the bookmark. And there is a quite a history of it….

The History of Wearing Black

The History of Wearing Black

Black is unique amongst colours, as a lack of colour – a symbol of mystery, of mourning and even of death itself. It is clear we must learn from the writings of men such as Beaudelaire and Wilde, who experienced how is to live in an age when one was surrounded by uniform black. The suffocating state of society being in perpetual mourning is something we would all be best to avoid repeating ever again, for once the disease of wearing black like some uniform catches on it tends to spread like the plague.

Pinup Girls: A Short History of

Pinup Girls: A Short History of

Although beautiful women had been portrayed in print for years by the likes of Armstrong, Christy and Gibson…it wasn’t until Esquire magazine began publishing George Petty’s humorous one panel cartoons of out of this world girls being ogled, and propositioned by unlikely suitors, that the die was struck, and America’s fascination with pinup took off like a rocket.

Mandy Pattullo’s Fabric Story

Mandy Pattullo’s Fabric Story

Mandy Pattullo aim is to create pieces which would make the viewer look again at old textiles which might be past their use by date. She is particularly passionate about very worn old patchwork quilts which were often made of old dressmaking off-cuts, old clothing and tailor’s samples. Mandy has carefully re-examined the quilts, often unpicking them completely into their original scraps, and to discover hidden layers and sometimes even other worn quilts inside.

Happy Halloween Table Decoration Ideas

Happy Halloween Table Decoration Ideas

When your guests arrive to the dinner, make sure they have a unforgettable, scary, funny time. Spend a little of your spare time to create and organize a beautiful table decorations for the Halloween diner party, and be sure that all your guests will remember it for long time. Happy Halloween!!!

Edward S. Curtis: Photographs of Disappeared World

Edward S. Curtis: Photographs of Disappeared World

During 30 years Edward S. Curtis took over 40,000 images and made detailed records of the traditional way of life or the Native American Peoples. However, even Curtis is not without controversy as he occasionally supplied “traditional” costumes to his subjects if they did not own any traditional clothing. He also photographed reenactments of traditional and historical activities such as camp moves, battles, and ceremonies. While purists decry these reenactments, they were well received by his Native American subjects (who called him “Shadow Catcher”) and are in many cases our only record of such activities.