I do a lot of shooting of my own. I find interesting objects or surfaces that spark an idea and soon I’ve captured an image for an email blast or a series of images for one of the z-fold promotions that I send out throughout the year. Over the years, designers or clients have found fascinating things for me on their travels around the world. That’s what happened recently with a richly colored and textured length of Japanese indigo fabric that our friend, designer and client David Grocott found. I started working with it, one image turned into many and soon dozens of photos were born. Thank you, David!
My passion for textiles was born 30 years ago after purchasing a fragment of an early English stump work dating from the 1500’s, the age, colours, stitch and reverse fascinated me, since then I have used textiles in many ways and they play a huge roll in our design process, from cutting and reworking an 18th century French silk damask, humble peasant sacks from Eastern Europe dyed in Indigo or Army surplus turn inside out/upside down to expose its workings.
The collection is still growing and spans 6 centuries… The Japanese Kasuri given to Noel dates from the 1920’s and is a beautiful example of this folk technique of using the dying process to help create the design. Found on the west coast of England seemed appropriate to bring here to the west coast of America.
Noel has great taste an exquisite eye and a love of the far east, something obvious to me from his great collection of furniture, objects and materials all crucial to his work, I knew the Kasuri would feel at home and live again in his art!