Makers that Inspire Me | Part 2 | Textiles

Updated: Aug 13, 2020

Jessa Fairbrother | @jessfairbrother

One of the many things I love about being a designer and maker is seeing the work of others. In this series of monthly posts I will showcase some of the makers and artists that have inspired both me and my work | Part 2 | Fashion and Textiles

Textiles was my first real introduction to art and design at school, so it will always be something I gravitate towards. Its versatility lends itself to a wide range of disciplines including fashion, fabric design, print, art and sculpture. Below are links to some of the designers and artists that I love, happy exploring!

Amber Hards | @amberhards

Knitwear Designer | Based in Bristol, UK

"Finding inspiration in nature, from history and art, Amber’s signature designs combine beautiful yarns with modern and innovative designs. Everything is knitted by hand on domestic knitting machines and uses a mix of  natural & unusual specialist yarns. Experimenting with texture and techniques, Amber creates individual pieces which are luxurious to touch and beautiful to behold."

SIKA | @sikadesigns

Garments | Designed in London and handmade in Ghana

"The ethos behind SIKA is not only to produce quality 'made in Africa' garments for the international market, but also to ultimately prove that garment production can successfully have social and environmental responsibilities at its core. All SIKA garments are designed in London and handmade in Ghana  (West Africa) by our skilled garment production team."

Bluebellgray | @bluebellgray

Textiles Print and Homeware | Based in Glasgow UK

"Bluebellgray is all about fresh, uplifting and modern prints to add joyful colour to your home. Founded in 2009, the very first 6 cushions Fi originally created on her kitchen table have grown into a full range of homeware including bedding, fabric, wallpaper, rugs and tableware, all in her signature colourful, handpainted, watercolour style."

Christabel Balfour | @christabelbalfour

Artist and Tapestry Weaver | Based in London

"Christabel Balfour is an artist and tapestry weaver, living and working in south east London. She studied at Camberwell College of Art and the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. Since graduating in 2013, she has developed a practice as a tapestry weaver, and set up her studio in 2015. She specialises in rugs and woven wall-hangings."

Jessa Fairbrother | @jessfairbrother

Artist | Photography, Performance, Needlework | Based in Bristol

"Photography, performance and a needle are central to Jessa’s practice. She uses the body-as-site to explore communal meanings and is concerned with making explicit the moment when performed gesture and gaze of the viewer collide."

Stay tuned next month to see my inspiration for Part 3 | Ceramics

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