One Soft Hand

Kirsten Roe is a textile designer and maker with a focus on creating embellished womenswear pieces. I came across Kirsten’s designs at the DIY Art Market in Hackney a few months ago. One Soft Hand synonymously sums up her designs but with an added surface of texture and sparkle. How did you get into textiles? I first got into textiles…

A Form of Activism

“Zeitgeist source  collections through careful selection of garments from second-hand stores, re-fashioning them into new items and changing the way we envisage second-hand clothes, further enlightening us to the wasteful nature of fast fashion.” I spoke with the designer and founder Tanushri-Radha Saha about her textiles explorations and why she started the label.  What made you…

Oh Andy

Andrea Brinkley is a textiles designer originally from South Africa and now lives in North Carolina. She founded O&Y Studio in late 2016 “as a way to market and sell flower-inspired fiber arts.” O&Y comes from the phrase people have said to her all her life — “Oh Andy!” How did you get into textiles? My mother introduced me to…

Forget the Rainbows

Emma Jacobs lives and works in Bruges and specialises in crochet and embroidery.  She set up her brand Novelsnob in 2015. We initially started talking via Instagram DM about the lack of crochet in couture fashion. I’m constantly fascinated to know people’s views about the perception of textiles and craft and Emma gladly shared hers….

Wild & Woolly Adventures

Wild and Woolly is a cosy welcoming shop located in Hackney “for anyone seeking new adventures with yarn”.  Shop owner Anna Feldman shares the ins and outs of running a business. When and why did you open Wild & Woolly? I opened in 2014 and I opened for lots of reasons. I had been doing…

Sensory (under)Load

What do your ears do when your eyes are busy making sure your satin stitches and French knots are in order… listen to podcasts! On some occasions I watch documentaries and films while I’m stitching but most of the time I need to focus. Here are my top places to go to for podcasts to…

Life’s Too Short For Fancy Pants Stitches

Megan Eckman is the owner and designer at Studio MME. She “creates approachable embroidery for modern stitchers.” She believes embroidery should be “fun and not frustrating. Both in design and execution, her aim is to create a project that can be sewn in a day instead of a week.” How did you get into embroidery? When…

Flow and Composition

“Sarah Fennell is a textile designer who hand prints bespoke fabric for interior objects. Having mastered the process of silk screen printing, she hones this ancient craft to create unique compositions of colour and object which showcase exceptional craftsmanship and integrity.” How did you get into textiles? I knew I wanted to work in a…

Galaxy Beads

Cecilia Ajayi is an incredible designer who works with seed beads to create out of this world textiles; the type of textiles that makes you stop in your tracks to look closer, as two waitresses in Palm Vaults did where I interviewed her. Cecilia has a background in knitwear and business as well as a masters degree from Brighton University.  Out…

Only One Exists

Arpana Rayamajhi is a New York based jewellery designer born in Kathmandu. I’ve been following her on Instagram for some time and find her pictures eye-catching and inspiring. “Arpana brings her Nepali heritage and craftsmanship to each of her pieces. Each piece is handmade and one of a kind.”  How did you get into jewellery making? I…

Textiles by Becca

Becca Navin is a textiles designer who works with an array of embellishments to create colourful and detailed surface decoration. I spoke with her to find out where her influences come from, where she buys her embellishments and how she became a textiles designer. How do you get into textiles? I was always a creative…

Myriad of Textiles

“Liz Payne is an artist living and working in the inner west of Sydney, Australia. Exploring the combination of what is ‘art’ and ‘craft’ in her work whilst creating a style that is uniquely distinctive, her work breaks free from the mould. Combining paint with a variety of thread and a multitude of beads and sequins, vibrant works of…