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Designing and Making

23 Jan

Although I work full time for an international fashion retailer I don’t really find my job to be that creative and love to spend time in my studio designing, sewing, sticking, painting and drawing. I also attend an evening dressmaking and tailoring course where I am currently attempting to make a very bold, colourful skirt complete with pockets, pleats and a zip fastening. Although it is not 100% perfect I am very happy with my progress so far and I will post a photograph of the completed item in a few weeks, I hope!

Having recently seen a rag rug be used on the ‘The Great Interior Design Challenge’, a great show on BBC2, I have been reminded about the owl rag rug I have eventually completed! I found the process to be very time consuming but I do have plans to make another rug and have been busy collecting scraps of fabric and old clothes. This time the rug will be floral or patterned.

Below are some images of my completed rag rug. The images display both the reverse and front of the piece.

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Rag Rug Development

10 Feb

I have been making some progress with my rag rug although there are still a few more hours of work to go before this piece is complete. To create this piece I have used an incredible amount of fabric including everything from sheets, blankets and shirts to tablecloths and curtains. I particularly enjoy working with printed fabrics and those embellished with embroidery and sequins. The images below show both the front and reverse of the rag rug.ImageImageImage ImageImage

Catherine Hammerton

8 Jul

I first came across Catherine Hammerton’s customized, bespoke wall coverings whilst carrying out research for my dissertation. Featured in the particular book I was reading entitled ‘Green Design’ was some beautiful wallpaper created, by Catherine Hammerton, using a range of recycled materials such as vintage lace and envelopes. Catherine Hammerton also creates intricate 3-dimensional wallpaper, colourful, quirky soft furnishings and other home accessories.

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