Monday, 26 November 2007

Shadow play

we adorn ourselves
in sunlight and shadow,
in the ephemerality of air.
all around us flow inspirations
for motifs, patterns and prints,
the finest of weavings.
as subtle as a breath
a cool sun dapples designs onto silk.
as light as a breeze
a fern-frond decorates stone.
we play at ombres chinoises:
touched by a momentary palm tree,
a temporary trellis,
a latticework sigh,
we linger in the stillness
of a summer afternoon,
where colour, line and texture
are as muted as memories
of Mediterranean idylls,
a bohemian poets daydream.
dozing in the wafting shade
of exotic opiate flowers,
we indulge in a nostalgic whiff
of Fitzgerald’s Riviera at it’s inspired height,
of Bowles’s Marrakech,
of a life of slow pleasures,
late nights, lazy mornings.
between the beginning of time
and the end of it,
we collect these dancing,
glancing moments
of sun-striped shadow-play
and live as sybarites.


Thursday, 22 November 2007

Suitcase London

I was recently brought a bag from an exhibition in Nottingham. Thought the maker had quite a cool product. Take a look?

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Understanding cloth

It is only through feeling, touching and handling cloth that one can develop a true understanding.

Symbolic Defiance

Political expression and imagery have found their way into contemporary middle eastern textiles.

Holiday to the Sinai pennisula

These are some images taken in January 2007 of Dahab, Egypt. I'm off there again with my wonderful man for a week of mainly windsurfing but hoping to see some of the sights including the Bedouins in the dessert. I'm aiming to photograph the desert from the plane to use in a project.

You can find inspiration in everything. By Paul Smith

The cloth binding of the book is made from 35 different styles of printed fabrics, designed and printed by Paul Smith Ltd.
This book is presented in the polystyrene packaging and sealed…. you never knew which one you would get.
Designed by Alan Aboud, Art Director for Paul Smith for more than a decade, and with a slipcase designed by Jonathan Ive (famed designer of the iMac).This book is not just another a fashion book and it is most certainly not a catalogue of his suits and designs.It’s more an insight into Paul Smith's brain which has been cleverly arranged on these pages, original and often humorous thoughts and ideas which are perfectly displayed - not just on the back of a man or a woman, but in shop windows, in advertising campaigns, in toys, photographs, and souvenirs brought back from travels throughout the world that became the inspiration for the look of a season. Words and images crash together in striking contrast to reveal the passions and amusements of a designer committed to both modesty in his pursuits and stunning innovation.

‘This is one book whose cover does give a fair example of what to expect within: the unexpected’