There is nothing quite like a finely made handmade textile to excite the eyes and the fingers and there are so many kinds, so many techniques, so many colours and styles to choose from! There is a fabric for every person, for every interior, for every occasion.
To me a textile has to have integrity and be well made. Handmade textiles have a completely different feel to those that are mass-produced. To sound ‘new-age’ for a brief moment, handmade fabrics have a living energy imbued by their maker’s imaginations and the energy of the making processes used to create them and they age beautifully. A handmade fabric is a decorative, beautiful, functional piece of art in all its many coloured, patterned and textured manifestations.
A cursory glimpse at the textile section on Seek & Adore will immediately reveal what a diverse craft this is. We have makers who weave their fabrics from single threads, knitters, those who take raw textiles and paint and dye them, and those who take existing fabrics to create new items. The list of techniques and applications is endless, and endlessly fascinating.
The textile trends this season are interesting and daring, in fashion there is an emphasis on neon brights, pastels, stripes and squares and in interiors yellow is the new pink (apparently!) and there is a move back to bold patterns on a white background and an enthusiasm for combining strong designs.
If you want your fashion and interior styles to be up-to-date but also entirely original then Seek & Adore is the place to visit. We are always ready to guide you to fantastic textile makers who happen to make work embodying the enthusiasms of the wider fashion and interior worlds. The work produced here is as original as any you will see on the Paris catwalks or the creations of the high-end interior designers because there is a unique creative mind behind every piece we sell. Be current, fashionable but ultimately unique this year by sporting or surrounding yourself with the best work of the finest UK designer-makers.
Heena Lad is hitting the ground running this year with the interior trend for mixing and matching patterns and her bold use of vertical and horizontal stripes would add sophistication and an understated elegance to any room. But Heena’s work contains a cheeky secret, look at her use of stripes on the reverse of the cushion as well! With Heena’s beautiful work you get two cushions for the price of one!
Sandy Powell combines form and hue in her own very powerful and striking way. Here the colour of the season, yellow, and the demand for bold pattern are uniquely combined. Sandy’s work is 3D, tactile and ever-changing depending on the light. Here you can have a fashionable colour, a fashionable trend and a piece of fabric art all in one.
Strong patterns against a white background, this is a massive trend in interiors this year so place yourself at the cutting edge of interior fashion in 2013 with this Tudor-inspired cushion. Isobel Anderson’s work is classic, dramatic, current and timeless. What I love about this cushion is how a design inspired by – and based on – a 16th Century Tudor building can be utterly current and contemporary!
Yellow is big this year and has been described by many interior experts as ‘the new pink’. This cushion by Gabi Bolton encapsulates this trend but also another key theme for this season, the juxtaposition of bold patterns. This cushion is beautiful, fashionable and wonderfully quirky. With its combination of key colours your home will be on trend for a number of seasons and your style a talking point!
Rugs are an underappreciated way of bringing drama to a room. We tend to concentrate on cushions, throws and curtains to achieve strong effects and accents but here is a way to bring bold patterning and confident and uncompromising design into your home. Zoe Acketts’ work is exquisitely made. I would be tempted to hang one of her rugs on a wall …
Deryn Relph has an irrepressible spirit and I couldn’t pass this opportunity to include her work in a blog about handcrafted textiles. We can always follow trends but we can also be mavericks, lovers of colour and glamour and retro style. Deryn encapsulates all these things. Brighten your home with one of her joyful and life enhancing pieces.
Ekta Kaul’s work is serene and exquisite. In this piece she hits a big trend for 2013, stripes, but her use of different gauges of stripe which on closer inspection turn out to be squiggly and not straight lines is a beautiful and original development. It is Ekta’s attention to detail that drew me to her work in the first place and here she hits the bulls-eye yet again with the addition of some vivid red detailing. Ekta’s work would lend any outfit a stylish and sophisticated elegance.
Squares are another big trend for 2013 and there is still time to buy a beautiful knitted scarf by Gabrielle Vary to see out this winter and to ensure you will still be fashionable when next winter starts. It is Gabrielle’s very distinctive and daring using of colour that attracted me to her work and who wouldn’t be drawn to a scarf like this? Be fashionable, colourful and unique as we wait for the cold weather to subside.
Pastels are a key trend this year and Sallie Temple manages to combine two trends in this beautiful ‘blossom’ scarf: pastels and stripes. This is a very pretty and delicate piece to wear on cool spring days or summer evening events or walks. Sallie loves weaving because every piece she produces is unique, so you can be certain if you invest in one of her scarves you will be sporting a true one-off!
Neon colours are massive this year, the bold the bright and the brash! It is the year to go a bit crazy if you have the nerve, verve and personality. If you want a touch of the neon in the handmade but less garish and more approachable then I can think of no one better than Cally Booker and her wonderful range of hand woven scarves. The scarf I have chosen is a vibrant mix of orange, magenta and purple, perfect to brighten up the last restages of winter and to keep you warm in the still cool spring mornings and evenings.
As I have mentioned, stripes are key this season in the fashion world and here Charlotte Grierson effortlessly embodies the trend in her own unique way. Like all our makers Charlotte is not swayed by fashion, she makes pieces from what moves and inspires her but it just so happens that her combinations are hot at present in the wider world. With a piece by Charlotte however, you will be buying something current for 2013 but ultimately timeless as her work is not swayed by the constantly shifting sands of the fashion gurus.
Helen Chatterton takes extant pieces of tweed and also combines fabrics she has printed to create beautiful, wearable fashion statements.
A unique take on this season’s obsession with squares – a Helen Chatterton City of London scarf. Be ultra-fashionable in a left-field way … Who else will be wearing a city ‘square’ rather than a Louis Vuitton square? Wit and spring/summer 2013 fashion combined!
See Dan’s handmade textiles selection here