Posts Tagged ‘textiles’

Mick Jagger in Peru

Friday, May 16th, 2014

I was talking to the very knowledgeable owner of a shop of antique weaving in Cuzco, Peru, and after a while he mentioned that Mick Jagger had been in the shop two years before. When I asked if Jagger was in Peru to do a gig, he said no, he had come to see Machu Picchu.

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What our cheap clothes really mean

Monday, November 11th, 2013

The Greenpeace video below contains some pretty disturbing images, including villagers subsistence fishing near the toxic outflow of the factories making our clothes.

Because I work in textiles but on the vintage/green side, I’m painfully aware of the problem of the industry’s toxicity. The effort to find textiles that are not toxic to the environment and are not made with child or proto-slave labour often seems almost futile.

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Textile design animation by Gavin Edwards, sound by Thomas Williams

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

The short film “Textile” was inspired by the exhibition Post War British Textiles at Copenhagen Design Museum. Gavin Edwards, the filmmaker, tells me that the idea was to bring the patterns to life with the aid of motion graphics in a dynamic and intriguing way. The excellent sound design is by Thomas Williams, www.thomaswilliams-sound.com.

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Acid yellow, Morocco

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Yellow room in Morocco from World of Interiors. Via MyMarrakesh. “Moroccan tent hanging in yellow. While yellow is often used in Morocco, it’s unusual to see in this sort of textile.” See also this book by MyMarrakesh’s author: Marrakesh by Design

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In praise of hemp – as textile, as paper, as food source

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Seeing the above graphic on Facebook recently (source wasn’t credited) reignited my longstanding frustration over our global failure to switch (back) to hemp as a major source for textiles, paper and food. (This article is about the hemp plant, not the marijuana plant. See more comments on this at bottom.)

I use hemp fabric in my textile work, but I find it far too difficult to source.

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Stripes: “Order and Border” at the Seattle Art Museum

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

I wish I’d curated this show:

“Stripes are a fundamental visual element, appearing naturally in vertical lines as trees and in manmade products of all kinds, from street dividers to ornate fabrics. The stripe is so basic it is rarely given isolated attention. This installation examines how stripes decorate and structure objects, bodies and spaces.

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