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…

The Embroidery Specialist

Wajiha Ahktar is an embroidery student at the London College of Fashion.  Her twin sister Wasima also studies textile design at Central Saint Martins. How did you get into textiles? During secondary school I used to go to a youth club called the Brady Arts Centre and they used to teach different types of arts like…

Interested in Textures

Wasima Akhtar is a textile design student at Central Saint Martins that specialises in knit and experimental textiles. Her twin sister Wajiha also studies embroidery at the London College of Fashion. How did you get into textiles? I started off in secondary school but at the time I didn’t really enjoy it but knew I…

Experiment and Discover

“Lorna Doyle is a designer who strives to push the boundaries of experimental textiles. Her body of work features heat manipulated materials combined with traditional printing techniques, creating innovative designs with a sophisticated edge. Her journey as a designer is a constant exploration and discovery of new and exciting materials.” How did you get into…

Keep the Skills Alive

“Mozh Mozh is a luxury brand that works with artisans safeguarding Peruvian textiles and techniques while emphasizing form and detail in design.  Designed and created by Mozhdeh Matin. We had a nice chat about how the brand started and the textiles behind it. What made you want to work with Peruvian artisans? I was born…

That’s Sew Nicole

Nicole Chui experiments with embroidery on photographs to add more depth and texture. We met up in one of London’s most Instagrammable cafes Palm Vaults to talk about work and how she became ‘London’s messy embroideress’. How did you get into textiles? My grandma embroidered when I was growing up and made a lot of…

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 fibre 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 textiles and…

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…