Tag Archives: #handcrafted

Sarah Campbell Designs

Loving these dolls created by UK based textile designer, Sarah Campbell, who has spent most of her lifetime creating patterns. Love of patterns, colors and hand-painted designs are the hallmarks of her work. The dolls are handmade with prints designed in the 60’s and 70’s by
Sarah Campbell and her sister, Susan Collier. Each doll is decorated with a tiny patchwork heart.
On Selvedge Magazine she says this about herself:

“I began working in fabric design as a teenager – in the very first place, I got started by going to help my older sister, Susan Collier, when she became busy painting patterns for Liberty and Richard Allen Scarves in the early ’60s. We went on to work together for 50 years making designs for textiles, wallpapers and other surfaces and converting cloth; we co-founded the original company Collier Campbell in 1979/80. Since Susan’s death in 2011, I’ve built a company under my own name painting new patterns and developing new areas of work. “

“Textiles are designed to be used – and we always painted our patterns with their end-use in mind. I have cloth and images to hand and plenty of ideas – so creating a line of goods seemed a natural development. I really enjoy hand-painting fabrics, scarves, hankies, papier-maché animals, and I love making things. I know people love colour and pattern – and decoration is second nature to me!”

You can view more of her work and purchase her designs on her website.

Images: Courtesy of Sarah Campbell.

Mariana & Paula Moreno

Found these great handmade stationery sets on the Etsy shop, Ciaffi. They are created by two
very talented sisters from Argentina, Mariana and Paula Moreno. Ciaffa is one of four shops they own on Etsy where they sell handmade paper goods like notebooks and mini stationery sets often made from recycled and rubber stamp papers. We love the design on the very top of this page made from sewing pattern papers. Both sisters graduated in Architecture at the University of Buenos Aires and have since dedicated themselves to designing and producing their own crafts of macrame, hand knitting, stain glass and paper goods.

You can find more of these talented sisters work on their blog, Tumblr, Instagram and Flickr. Their Etsy shop, Ciaffi, is located here. They are also the owners of: branda.etsy.com,
diasyflores.etsy.com and macraMe.etsy.com

Images: Courtesy of Mariana and Paula Moreno.


Jessica Light

Jessica Light describes herself as one of the last working passementerie weavers left in England. The artisan uses handmade techniques dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. She uses traditional yarns and unusual materials often incorporating them with crafts such as macrame, braiding, knot work and beading. In an article on John Lewis she gives us an insight on the start of her career and on her inspirations:

“I set up Jessica Light Trims and Tassels in 2007 with the view to produce trims that were more contemporary and had a design edge to them. I knew that there was a gap in the market for something that used colour and materials in a new way. My most recent collections have featured paper, net, light reflective yarns, and leather. I’ve also used copper pipes, funnels and dolls’ heads for tassel tops; plastic cable ties woven in to make spiky fringes, and made tassels out of newspaper, elastic, and string.”

“My inspiration comes from all over the place. It might be an exhibition, a film, a book, a museum, an historic house, architecture, or sometimes it out of nowhere and I tend to mix ideas together. I don’t like my work to be too literal. I usually have between 2-4 collection ideas in my head in any one time.”

You can see more of her work on her blog and Twitter. Some of her pieces are available for purchase here in her shop.

Images: Courtesy of Jessica Light.