Saturday, 8 March 2014

Contemporary Textiles event and Pam Dew's latest cushion

Pam Dew's 'The View at Elsted' cushion 
Flower shop tulips en route to Contemporary Textiles at Teddington
Last night I met daughter Amy in London and we sped to the feast for the senses that is the Contemporary Textiles show at Teddington. 76 textile artists.

 What I liked best were the painterly abstract printed velvets and silks made into scarves, cushions, lampshades, dresses even. Rich colours but never gaudy. I loved leaves pressed into wool making natural organic dyes. Texture - the nubbly delicate embroidery in silver jewellery. Vintage fabrics juxtaposed piecemeal to make interesting applique dresses. 

Talking of dresses, we also enjoyed looking round TCS a beautiful clothing boutique on Teddington High Street with imaginative clothes that would suit all shapes and sizes.
Amy and I agree there is a real gap in the market for lovely clothes for larger sized women - the designer shop she works in only goes up to a size 14 . Over our shared meal at Carluccio's we sketched out dress designs on paper napkins. 

I'm now going to contact three of the textile designers we chatted to last night. Fingers crossed you'll be able to see their work shortly in Handmade Happiness.

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