Artist and craft-maker Kate Bowles created these hand bound notebooks and journals with particular attention to the intricate bindings on the spine. The UK-based maker uses fabric, paper, vintage haberdashery and assorted found materials to create these functional books. We love how she also incorporates embroidery, weaving, smocking, knitting, stitching and darning into her work. You can follow the artist on her blog and on Facebook. The books can be purchased here in her Folksy shop.
Images: Courtesy of Kate Bowles.
Jaipur-based Chinar Farooqui is the designer and founder of one of our favorite clothing and home textile brand, Injiri. Her passion lies in traditional textiles drawing inspiration from folk clothing, her childhood in Rajasthan, her travels and her love of time-honored Indian textiles and techniques. Her product line is entirely made by hand– from weaving and dyeing to the last trims and finishes passing through the hands of craftspeople from various parts of india. In an interview on Interiors by Jacquin she says this about her perfect day:
“Textile and garment design are close to my heart, so it’s important that I spend time creating. A perfect day is on in which I have achieved enough in terms of my creative work. Since my work involves many other aspects of business, I do have days in which I do not find enough time to do creative things – and therefore I really have to strike the right balance.”
Website and Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Injiri.
Eastern Band Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn weaves baskets using wood pulp paper infused with reproductions of historical manuscripts and photographs. She labels her work as traditional contemporary addressing human rights issues hat affect today’s native Indians. In an aritcle on the Indian Country Today Media Network she says this about her work:
“While my work may invite controversy, my intent is to invite dialogue as a result of that controversy. The reason this works is that people are intrigued by the traditional shapes, colors, and patterns and become interested in learning more about what the basket has to say.”
“There’s an old saying that civilization is judged by the art it leaves behind. These paper baskets will last up to 200 years under the right conditions, but they’re not about longevity, they’re about creating dialogue now, engaging the viewer to lean in, see the piece, and understand some of the issues continuing to affect us today. Some people say, ‘get over it, that was 200 years ago,’ but these issues are still relevant in today’s society.”
You can follow the artist on her website, blog and Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Shan Goshorn.