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 »

 

A Short Introduction to Calligraphy

A Short Introduction to Calligraphy

Calligraphy is the beautiful way of writing and is a visual art. According to Wikipedia “Modern calligraphy ranges from functional hand-lettered inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the abstract expression of the handwritten mark may or may not compromise the legibility of the letters.

Kaffe Fassett Studio: A Designs for Joy and Happiness

Kaffe Fassett Studio: A Designs for Joy and Happiness

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his colourful work in fabric, knitting, needlepoint, patchwork, painting and mosaic.

Kaffe Fassett was born in San Francisco in 1937. When he was 19, he won a scholarship to the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston, but left after three months to paint in London. He settled in England in 1964.

How to Make Unique Slippers

How to Make Unique Slippers

Funny, comfy, cozy, chic & stylish!
Whether you are a novice or expert seamstress, with or without sewing machine, slippers are a fun and easy project to tackle in one evening. They also make a great personalized gift.

Rörstrand – Swedish Design Since 1726

Rörstrand  – Swedish Design Since 1726

For almost 300 years Rörstrand has been synonymous with quality and fine craftsmanship. Their plates and tableware have been handed down from generation to generation and become heirlooms, classics and collectors’ items that have written themselves into Swedish design history. Perhaps this is because they have always understood that quality goes beyond mere durability and functionality.

The touch of Antique Carpets

The touch of Antique Carpets

Once created out of necessity to keep out the cold and damp, carpets eventually came to signify wealth and adorned the buildings of royalty and the rich. Carpet designs tended to reflect the history and culture of the region they were created in. Traditionally these carpets sometimes took many months, even years to create, but now the process is much faster, even with those that are still made by hand.

“Starburst: Color Photography In America 1970–1980″

“Starburst: Color Photography In America 1970–1980″

Black and white photography is such a relic of another age that it is hard to imagine, as recently as the 1970s, the art world’s hostility to color. William Eggleston’s Color Photographs, for example, the first one-man show of color work at the Museum of Modern Art in 1976, was considered the worst exhibit of the year. Hilton Kramer repudiated John Szarkowski, the museum’s curator of photography, for throwing caution to the wind when he spoke of Eggleston’s work as “perfect.” “Perfect?” Kramer wrote in The New York Times. “Perfectly banal, perhaps. Perfectly boring, certainly.” Of course Eggleston would become one of the most influential photographers of the era.

Modern Fabrics in Your Home

Modern Fabrics in Your Home

The easiest way to bring life and light into your homes during the finishing touches is to use the right fabric designs. You spend a lot of money on things like wood, glass, marble and paints during the finishing touches, but forget to invest in fabric designs to add real finishing touches to your home.

What to Do with the Old Magazines?

What to Do with the Old Magazines?

Not sure what to do with those old magazines? Here is a one of possible solutions. It is easy to do, decorative, fun…. and you will still be able to use your magazines.

Andy Smith’s Graphic Work

Andy Smith’s Graphic Work

Andy Smith’s work embraces modern technology and he combines it with a knowledge of print techniques and drawing. His characters are a concoction of humour and events with a heavy pinch of strong typography and copywriting skills.

Having won multiple awards like the D&AD, AOI and Creative Circle awards and apart from his impressive client list, he delights us further on a tender night with a fine coctail of some of his self-published and beautifully illustrated silkscreen prints and books on his website.

Silhouette paper cutting

Silhouette paper cutting

Silhouettes are also known as paper cuttings and shadows. Long before photography was invented, our ancestors used to have portraits of themselves taken sideways. They were called silhouette portraits and they were not taken with a camera, but were cut out of thin black paper, and stck upon a white card.While the aristocrats were having their silhouettes cut out and eating like kings much of Europe was starving, especially in France. In the 1760’s the Finance Minister of France, Etienne de Silhouette , had crippled the French people with his merciless tax polices. Oblivious to his people’s plight, Etienne was much more interested in his hobby of cutting out paper profiles, the latest fad.