Textile-art experiments October 22, 2015 13:03

IMG_8645 Textile-art was my second passion after jewellery making.                               In winter time the jewellery inspirations are slowing down and I like to switch to textile-art. I regularly visit Carole Nevin factory and Jay Smith fabric show room to buy bags of remnants. The added thrill being that one does not get to choose and opening those bags later at the studio is like opening a lucky packet which is always lucky. The fabrics are made, designed and hand printed in South Africa which fits with our policy of keeping things local.     Here we weaved strips of fabric (remnants are ideal for this)  to create the background. For the centre piece, I transfer black and white  photos onto plain fabric then freehand machine stitch them and finally appliqued onto the textured background fabric. It is quite a process but so enjoyable and am rather pleased with the results! I am now teaching my ladies so that we can produce lots of original African-inspired textile-art for our international customers.   IMG_8643 IMG_8641 IMG_8640