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 »

 

Repeat Repeat – The Mugs and Others

Repeat Repeat – The Mugs and Others

When Gillian Naylor and Mark Faulkner – then fresh out of college – established their design-led pottery business Repeat Repeat in Stoke-on-Trent in 1984, they knew their British base and hands-on approach would stand them in good stead.

How to recognize true Sheraton furniture

How to recognize true Sheraton furniture

Sheraton-influenced furniture dates from about 1790-1820. It’s named for the London furniture designer and teacher Thomas Sheraton (1751-1806), who trained as a cabinetmaker, but is known for his written guides, especially his first, The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing-Book. His designs and ideas influenced entire generations of furniture-makers, especially in the young U.S., as seen in the works of early American masters such as Duncan Phyfe, Samuel McIntire, and John and Thomas Seymour.

Zac Freeman’s Recycling Art

Zac Freeman’s Recycling Art

Assemblage Series
1999-2011

“I started making assemblage artworks of this type in 1999. The artworks are made entirely out of collected junk, found objects, and general trash. I glue the bits of junk to a wooden substrate to form an image, usually faces, which only can be seen at a distance. I was interested in communicating through visual representation in apparent 2-dimensional space and through the actual objects used for the medium in 3-dimensional space. It is very important to me that I incorporate the actual objects into the art as opposed to a picture or rendition of it because it better expresses the intention of the artwork. I feel the junk is more powerful being present. It is an actual thing to be reckoned with that existed in this time and place and carries energy in and of itself.”

Creative Ideas for Home Decorations

Creative Ideas for Home Decorations

Simple sewing projects to update your home and add a personal touch. Depending of your crafting and sewing skills, you can create amazing stuff. Even if you are crafting beginner, you can find an easy project and give your home a new look. Curtains, cushions, new upholstery, handmade rugs, blinds or home accessories like napkins and tablecloths – choose the project and start to do it!

Bennison Fabrics

Bennison Fabrics

Launched in 1985, Bennison Fabrics is the brainchild of Gilly Newbury, who once worked as the textiles assistant to the esteemed interior designer and antiques dealer Geoffrey Bennison.

Antique from A to Z

Antique from A to Z

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How to Refresh your chiffonier?

How to Refresh your chiffonier?

Once only fit for a junk shop, the old piece of furniture could become the prettiest linen cupboard with the help of a fashionable paint shade, wallpaper and lots of TLC.

Photography: Richard Avedon

Photography: Richard Avedon

For more than fifty years, Richard Avedon’s portraits have filled the pages of the country’s finest magazines. His stark imagery and brilliant insight into his subjects’ characters has made him one of the premier American portrait photographers. Born in New York in 1923,Richard Avedon dropped out of high school and joined the Merchant Marine’s photographic section. Upon his return in 1944, he found a job as a photographer in a department store.

His Majesty The Thimble

His Majesty The Thimble

A thimble is a protective shield worn on the finger or thumb generally worn during sewing.

While collecting thimbles became popular in the mid 1800 as a result of the special thimbles that were made for the Great Exhibition held in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London, the earliest known thimble was Roman and found at Pompeii. Made of bronze, it has been dated to the first century AD. A Roman thimble was also found at Verulamium, in the UK. and can be seen in the museum there.

How to Make a Crocheted Flowers

How to Make a Crocheted Flowers

If you like to decorate your accessories – hats, bags, belts, scarfs… – or put a nice detail on your dress or jacket, or make your cushions cute and warm, then crochet flowers are the must to learn.