UK textile artist Darren Ball received a BA degree in fashion textile from Middlesex Polytechnic and worked as a freelance artist. He taught himself machine embroidery while teaching art and textiles. His work combines layers of new and historical textiles with stitches of free embroidery to create these incredible stylized images.
Loving these Bulgarian folk tales and Scandinavian-inspired illustrations created by graphic designer and illustrator Tatiana Nedialkova. The artist is based in Brighton, UK and studied at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London. Her images has been printed onto fabric for kitchen textiles currently sold in her Etsy shop, Softer and Wild. On the Etsy blog she says this about her process:
“Sometimes I’ll draw my prints by hand, scan them into the computer, and then add more elements; sometimes I draw directly into the software. When I work with shapes, I’ll cut out colorful pieces of cardboard and arrange them on a blank piece of paper, like a collage. I’ll play with different combinations, photograph them, and upload them into the computer. Once I have an illustration I want to work with, I’ll usually print the elements, cut them out, and try to find the right placement for the design on each product. Each surface pattern is made for the specific product it’s going on; I never print rolls of fabric.”
Found these fabrics on handmade market site, Iichi. These beautiful Hirali fabrics are manufactured in Sakai City, Osaka, a town that has been producing towels, yukata and cloth diapers for centuries. They have recently developed a new technique called roll printing that enables them to dye with different front and back colors. This double-sided saturated dyeing technique is considered revolutionary worldwide. Takeno Dyeing Company are the printers and the product is sold under the brand, Hirali.
Images: Courtesy of Takeno Dyeing Company and Hirali.