Today I was ‘Designer in Residence’ at the Textile Fair in Braintree, showing my recent work and demonstrating my stitching techniques. Many thanks to CAMAC and The Warner Textile Archive, and to everyone who came to say hello; it was a brilliant day, and great to see so many people excited about textiles and design! The CAMAC Textile Challenge exhibition is on at the Braintree Museum until 15th June - there are some fantastic entries inspired by work from the stunning Warner Archive, well worth a visit.
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More designs coming soon!
The launch of the first collection by Flock Design Collective is just around the corner, coming soon to Liberty London and Studio Four, New York. We’re all a little bit excited!
Left: Designs by Angela Johnston, Cerys Ackland, Lucy Rainbow and Rachel Parker. Right: Detail of ‘Northmore Blend’ by Rachel Parker.
Had a great day at Gainsborough Silk Weaving Company in Sudbury with Flock Design Collective - highlights included seeing a jacquard loom in full swing, Paul Smiths woven stripes in progress, and the amazing archives which document everything ever woven at Gainsborough. (They’ve been weaving for over a hundred years, so that’s quite a lot.) From the inside of the Royal Carriages to the inside of a VW Camper Van, they’ve done it all. We left full of inspiration and excited at the thought of creating our own woven collection one day, maybe…
Photos by our driver for the day, the lovely Angela Johnston
It’s been a busy start to 2013! I spent an amazing morning with Flock Design Collective, finalising our first collection of fabrics - here are some of the designs that will be coming to Liberty and New York soon. *pinching myself*
Circuit by Cerys Ackland
Northmore Blend by Rachel Parker
Aldgate East by Lucy Rainbow
The final designer to make up the Collective is Angela Jane Johnston with her beautiful ‘Cracked Ice’ design - check out her tumblr here!
I’m very excited to be part of Flock Design Collective, a textile company that works with new designers to create a beautifully eclectic range of interior fabrics that will be on sale in Liberty London next year! You can ‘like’ the Flock Facebook page for further updates, until then here’s a little peek of what’s in store..
** Image courtesy of Flock ** featuring Alexander Henry fabric, Arrow by Flock designer Lucy Rainbow, and Northmore Blend by Rachel Parker (that’s me!)
NN also opened its doors last night for a very cosy House-Warming; previously at the Fishmarket which is sadly no more, the contemporary art gallery is now celebrating a new name and a new venue at Number Nine Guildhall Road, Northampton. They’re still in the stages of renovating upstairs, so lots to look forward to. Find out more by visiting their website: http://www.nncontemporaryart.org/
Last night saw the opening of Made In Northamptonshire, a brand new pop-up shop selling products made by local artists. It’s open initially for nine months, but could be a permanent fixture if things go well - so if you’re in the area, get over there and support your local makers! It’s a charming shop on St Giles Street crammed full of lovely handmade treats, with a gallery space upstairs. Perfect christmas shopping opportunity! Click the image to find out more.