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…

A World Through Materials

“RÖD STUDIO is a design duo based in Copenhagen and consists of textile designers Anne Louise Rasmussen and Maja Marie Halling. Through an experimental approach to textile design they challenge the conventional ideas of shapes and techniques. With a passion for materiality and colours they explore a playful and humorous expression. Their carpets and textiles…

Odd Ana Stitch(es)

Anastacia Postema is an embroidery artist from Oregon, United States. Her embroderies are well presented and beautifully bizarre. I’ve been following her work on Instagram for some time now and wanted to know where her ideas come from. How did you get into textiles? My mother instilled in me a love for textiles. She was always…

Design ME

Design ME is an open access textile studio based in Peckham for all designers and enthusiasts. Owners Michelle and Laura aim to “create a space for people to come and continue to create their own textiles as well as offer them the opportunity to learn the different textile processes.” The studio provides screen printing, dyeing and digital fabric…

Trinkets and Colour

Harriet Frances Stiles graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 2014 and soon after started working as a freelance embroiderer before setting up her own embroidery and adornment business. Harriet uses a combination of traditional needlework techniques picked up during her time studying. She designs bespoke embroideries and adornments, showcasing her love for colour, texture and embellishments. Harriet…

Blessings in Disguise

Juliana Velasco Asensio is a second year multimedia textiles student at the University of Loughborough. How did you get into textiles? I have always had an interest in art and how it can be translated into fashion. But during my foundation year is when I really was able to see the aspects of it. The textiles…

Knembroidery

Josephine Knechtli is an embroidery artist who’s work is inspired by colours, tattoos and bold imagery. How did you get into textiles? When I was a kid, my mum bought me Jenny Hart’s Sublime Stitching Kits, which I took to immediately and since then embroidery has re-appeared into my creative focus eventually manifesting as my…

The London Loom

Last week I visited Brooke and Francesca, the owners of The London Loom in their new inviting and exciting pop-up space on Hackney Road.  What is The London Loom and how did it begin?  Francesca – We’ve been teaching and running craft parties for a while and about two years ago I taught myself how…

Exercise for Your Fingers

It’s 2017 a new year, a new slate to start on and you may or not have set resolutions; less sugar, more exercise, save money perhaps. If like me you want to make more textiles this year how about taking a short course in learning different techniques? Exercise for your fingers! Here’s a list of…

100 Per Cent Silk

‘Osei-Duro produce textiles and garments in Ghana, India and Peru, applying traditional techniques including hand dyeing and weaving.’ Based in Kanda, Ghana Lee Dekel works as the company’s Production Assistant. We had a lengthy interesting chat about consumerism, artisans and Ghanaian textiles. How did you find your position at Osei-Duro? I began working with Osei-Duro as…