Vintage fabric rarely comes by the meter, unused or still on the bolt, so you will probably find that you will need to reclaim it from curtains, clothes or other made-up fabric sources. Searching out and salvaging what you can is the way forward.
Old baggage comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Many bags and cases still have shipping labels from their last journeys and some interesting clues as to whom they belonged. They were built to withstand robust handling as they were portered between boat, railway luggage car, cart or carriage, stacked high and packed full.
Layered cake stand is so effective and really very simple to make: the time-consuming part is collecting all the plates and glasses together. Old-fashioned tea and dinner services are full of plates and dishes we don’t use now. There are special dishes for bread and butter and muffins, stands to go under terrines and teapots, and countless different plates for each course of the meal.
The springtime makes us have a good clear out of the wardrobe and you can, rather then throwing out the items that are either threadbare or don’t fit you anymore, try a bit of recycling. Most jeans have really decorative stitched back pockets and this could be the inspiration to make a denim pocket purse. Pockets really are the perfect size to be used.
Esther Coombs describes herself as an artist “who believes that life is a story and that narrative is best told with drawings.” A gifted illustrator, she has found a perfect canvas for her storytelling; old china and fabric. Through her upcycling of vintage ceramics and textiles she creates unique pieces, drawing by hand onto the surface of each item. The juxtaposition of her modern, somewhat minimalist line drawings with the floral and elaborate designs of the vintage china and fabric creates an unusual, somehow provocative look.