The textile artist is showing at the Rebecca Hossack gallery from 7-30 November.
Here’s what the site has to say: “Karen Nicol‘s new exhibition is a Singerie, the French word for ‘monkey trick.’ Singerie is a genre that was first found in the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt and made hugely popular in 18th Century French Rococo art, in which artists satirically depicted monkeys wearing fashionable dress.”
I’m heading to the private view tonight, and have interviewed her for Mollie Makes in the current issue
The company known for fancy trainers has just launched an app for makers.
It’s not as mental as it sound.
The new app, Making, shows makers how eco-friendly the materials you want to use are. Wanna make with silk? Or cotton? It’ll show you how much water is used in the production, what chemicals etc, and compare it to other comparable fabrics. Pretty ace, huh?
Supermarket Sarah, the WONDERFUL lady whose “walls” of stuff pop up all over London and beyond has just collaborated with charity Traid (textile recycling for aid and international development) to put together their Dalston shop window. Doesn’t it look ace?
Traid is a cracking charity that sell really good quality second hand clothes, and make the non-decent ones into new clothes – they’re the ultimate upcyclers.
Thanks to Sarah for these pics. I interviewed her in her Hackney home for Psychologies once. What a lovely day that was.
Despite looking about 21, my mum has a significant birthday next month. What to give her? A quilt, of course. And for such a significant birthday? A LIBERTY quilt.
I bought most the squares from Liberty Charms on Etsy (she has the most amazing supply of vintage Liberty fabrics, like the 24 Liberty Lawn squares, below)
And then for the edging (and to keep it looking more contemporary), I edged it with some of the brand new Liberty Lifestyle Craft Fabrics. Here’s a few of my favourites …
Blue Copeland Cotton Craft Fabric
Red Dance Cotton Craft Fabric
Turquoise Garnett Cotton Craft Fabric
Blue Dorothy Cotton Craft Fabric
Of course, when I say I’ve done all this, I haven’t. I’ve only just started on the patchwork top. Who knows how long this will take … but I’m looking forward to doing it all.
If you go down to the
woods Atelier Contemporary Craft Gallery in Barnstaple, North Devon today before the end of July, you’ll see this brilliant exhibition, Craftidemy. It is, of course, a craft take on taxidermy. But you guessed that, didn’t you?
All done by the fine hand of Toni Bowater, who’s just graduated. Fingers crossed will see some of her work elsewhere soon.
She died when I was about 11, but she was an uber-crafter. And since I move into my new house this week with the boyfriend, my mum wondered if I wanted it. Erm, yes please! Look how sweet it is.
How to make three Christmas presents, in the Guardian’s G2 today.