Something From Scratch

Sofia Salazar is a textiles designer, illustrator, small business owner of Hiedra and a Latina living in Norwich. We met up a few months ago to talk textiles, Kali Uchi and self promotion. How did you get into textiles? I started in fashion actually and thought I wanted to be a designer but got more…

Enhancing Textiles

I came across Sunny Todd’s prints at the London Design Fair a few months ago and felt immediately happy because the colours and designs were so bold and uplifting. I interviewed both Sunny and his wife Emma whose answers are combined together. How did you get into textiles?  Sunny – I did a printed textiles course at…

Embroidery by Shakirra

Shakirra Rees is a hand embroidery, fiber artist and textiles designer from Central Coast, Australia.   How did you get into textiles? I first got into textiles during year 10 in high school. I was more into drawing and art when I was younger and did visual arts as a subject as well, but I enjoyed…

The Sewing World

Ana Teresa Barboza is a textiles artist from Lima. As well as an impressive CV her work is a varied display of broad, interesting and narrated textiles. How did you get into textiles? When I was 12 my grandmother taught me how to use a sewing machine and understand Burda patterns. During school and university,…

Back to Middle

“Pinky’s work has always aimed at revealing edges of the mystery of life, aging and death, particularly in relation to the human body. Pinhole, with its unusual perspective and glorious array of mistakes, seems suited to her particular investigation of our being. Often surreal, the images that she prefers exist on the edge of the dream…

Pins and Needles

I became familiar with Ran’s work a few weeks ago when I saw one of her pieces displayed at Opera Gallery on Bond Street. I walked into the gallery not really knowing what to expect. I noticed a really detailed display of what I initially thought were beads and other embellishments but as I walked…

Lady Faces

Kristy Ford is an Australian based designer and illustrator who turns her lady faces into self taught embroidery art. How and why did you get into embroidery? I have been creating since I was little in all different areas particularly drawing and using my hands; so I naturally gravitated towards embroidery. I remember in primary…

Hands of Indigo

  “Hands of Indigo is an accessories label designed by Brazilian artist Yanna Soares with an aesthetic that traces the line between contemporary embroidery and classic mosaics. Featuring patterns inspired by Brazilian Modernism, each one incorporates up to 11,000 beads, making use of traditional techniques and minimising the use of machinery in the production. It can…

Talking Textiles

I came across one of Taiwo’s creations a few months ago at the Black Blossoms exhibition held at the University of Arts London. I was coincidentally listening to Frank Ocean’s Pink + White when I saw displayed her feathered clutch bag with synonymous colours. Taiwo Sonekan is a London based womenswear designer that designs clothes…

Engaging Contrasts

Jodie Ruffle is London based womenswear designer who combines different types of crafts into designs. Her clothes are an engaging contrast of easy going oversized cuts with soft intricate embroideries and embellishments; all made by Jodie herself. A few weeks we met up in Palm Vaults to discuss her inspirations, goals and story of how…