I am really looking forward to my first Selvedge Fair this coming weekend at Charleston in Firle, Lewes, the local element is particularly appealing, having done some shows in London this year that involve several days away from home with the obvious logistical investment. There is something to say for doing a show in your hometown in a place that you love and have been a frequent visitor to in the time that you have lived there. Charleston is a beautiful setting and Selvedge instinctively feels like a very good fit for my latest work. And it is just down the road!
I produced a chair for Charleston several years ago, one of my first commissions in fact, in their Duncan Grant fabric, pictured. Since then it has been quite a journey setting up and establishing my young business in which I work with contemporary textile designers to produce bespoke fabrics for the upholstered chairs we select and work on in collaboration.
My passion for embroidered or embellished chairs has gathered pace this year and I am excited to release my next two chairs in this series. The first piece in this luxury collection is my Georgia Bosson Armchair that was showcased in July at Craftcentral in Clerkenwell. Georgia has manipulated felted wool discs into an organic flowing design onto the back of the chair. The results are stunning, do read earlier journal posts for further background and inspiration behind the design and visit the shop for more details.
Next up are two pieces I have been working on, right up to the eleventh hour, to produce them in time for the Selvedge Fair this weekend, tomorrow in fact! With Rachel Parker we have produced a hand embroidered chair. Rachel’s fabric is designed by scanning in vintage paper embroidery patterns bought in a charity shop and laying her own design over the top of this grid. She then comes full circle by embellishing the fabric with her own hand embroidery. So clever, and such incredible depth to her work. I will write more soon on her inspiration and process.
With EvA Bespoke Textile Studio I have been working with the partnership who are Ellie Mac Embroidery and Amelia Graham Textile Designer in a three way collaboration to produce a stunning piece of heavy weight cotton sateen fabric that is free hand machine embroidered and upholstered onto our chosen chair. More to follow on the work that went into the design and the process of the beautiful embroidered fabric.
Meanwhile the clock is ticking! Looking forward to meeting new faces and old friends tomorrow at Charleston.