Next time we are in Kyoto we will probably be on the lookout for this shop, Art Fiber Endo.Â We loveÂ the collaboration between this specialty materials store and Kutani Tsutsumi, a potteryÂ manufacturer established in 1860.Â The shop offers supplies for making your own thimble and bamboo string tassels.Â The exquisite tassels incorporate a hanging thread from above, a Kutani thimble as a cap and a tufted yarn for the skirt.Â They also create other versions of tassels which we are anxious to see up close.
You can find Art Fiber Endo on their website, Facebook and Minne, a Japanese handmade marketplace.
Images:Â Courtesy of Art Fiber Endo.
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:
â€œI 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. Iâ€™ve also used copper pipes, funnels and dollsâ€™ heads for tassel tops; plastic cable ties woven in to make spiky fringes, and made tassels out of newspaper, elastic, and string.â€
â€œMy 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 donâ€™t like my work to be too literal. I usually have between 2-4 collection ideas in my head in any one time.â€
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.
Coveting these hand painted tribal serving boards and accessories created by Australia-based artisan Millie Fairhall. She is a self-confessed ‘mixed-plate of cultural confusion’ and her heritage reflects heavily in all that she creates. She writes this on her blog about her creative journey:
â€œWhilst the majority of people receive a pay packet each week,I do not. I’ve chosen the path of the unknown,of the consistently inconsistent because I love what I do and am fortunate enough that there are people out there who love my creations enough to pay me their hard earned money for something that is made with heart and soul. My work is a culmination of my life.my travels.my experiences.my adventures.the blood that pulses through my veins.the culture that I have been born from.the life that only I have lived,that’s what inspires & keeps the fire burning.â€Â
â€œI spend hours slogging away.late nights.lack of sleep.blistered hands.sweat.sacrifices & tears to produce everything you see on my page,but I get so much satisfaction and pride to be able to share my work with everybody.â€
You can follow Millie on her blog site and Facebook. Her products can be purchased in her Big Cartel shop.
Images: Courtesy of Millie Fairhall.