Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

This is a vibrant exhibition currently showing at Gloucester Cathedral, England until the end of the year. The show features two textile artists/designers concerned with colour and creating textiles that interact with architecture. The cathedral is a stunning location to exhibit. Ptolemy Mann‘s beautiful digital prints are hung the length of the pillars – the […]


Here is a video portrait of the Dutch textile/felt designer Claudy Jongstra. Inspiring woman who dyes all her own felt using plants from her own farm , the wool comes from her own flock of sheep.  She creates incredible large-scale felt wall coverings for public and private spaces.


I’ve been looking at the vision of the Design Academy in Eindhoven, Netherlands. They organise the 8 departments as follows which is an interesting approach: the departmental titles focus the attention on the proposed function of design rather than the subject title. The eight departments form all human activities in relationship to design. Man and […]


   I had the good fortune of seeing the Reichstag, in Berlin, wrapped by Christo and Jeanne-Claude.  It was awesome, a feat of engineering and persistence.  It took over 20 years to create.  The effect?  Very strange, like a beautiful protective cover.  As if something is about to revealed – for a ta-dah moment!  Packaging. […]


I discovered this artists’ work in the book Textiles Today.  Do-Ho Suh is a South Korean artist who created Perfect Home II as a reaction to his relocation from South Korea to New York.  The installation was exhibited at the Lehmann Maupin gallery in NYC and the notes state: ‘This experience motivates the artist’s exploration […]


In an earlier post I showed the work of Christien Meindertsma and her Flocks project. Now I’ve discovered that a big company like Icebreaker have taken on the idea! Most of their garments feature a unique ‘Baacode’ [get it?] which can be entered on Icebreaker’s website to trace the wool in a garment to one […]


I’m planning a recce to the Netherlands to try and find out why Dutch design is so clever.  I’ve been looking at Slow Design and environmental issues for designers and realised that the Dutch are so far ahead of the pack. Why is this?   I was fortunate enough to interview one of the Netherlands’ […]