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.
We’ve featured her work before on our old blog but we feel her beautiful work is worth a revisit. Artisan Akiko Iwamoto learned textile dyed silk weaving at the Museum of Shimane Prefecture, Japan. Her colorful products are all hand made with dyed, split woven and sewn cotton cloth, which have been exhibited on several important venues.
You can follow the artist on her blog and also on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Akiko Iwamoto.
Admiring the hand made ceramics created by British designer Tracy Wilkinson. Currently living in Los Angeles, Tracy is the founder of TW Workshop that carries a collection of ceramics, one of a kind furniture, home accessories, and soft cotton t shirts. On an interview with A Piece Apart she talks about her inspiration and her list of rules:
“It’s hard to pinpoint unusual sources because I am always looking at everything and not always connecting how that inspiration will come out in my work. I work with natural materials, and the forms I make are quite organic so most of my inspiration comes from the natural world. On the flipside of that I am also inspired by large industrial machinery, like the machines used in a quarry and hugely inspired by NASA and space rockets.”
“I don’t have a ton of rules, because I would always break them. I have a few I try to keep: Be creative every day, hug my dogs as much as possible, be kind to myself and others, dance as much as possible, don’t be ashamed of watching the telly, keep a tidy workspace, pick funny people as friends and make lists.”
You can see more of her work and purchase her items in her website.
Images: Courtesy of Tracy Wilkinson.