While playing around with patterns we use all the time, the ribbed weave and the diamond pattern: we combined the two to create a geometric pattern which constantly plays tricks on your eyes!
It's been a busy week starting with a visit from a group of women in a photographic tour of craft businesses in Swaziland organised by Nest. Nest (www.buildanest.com) is an organisation that "partners with the world's most promising emerging artisans to promote peace and prosperity through sustainable business development". So, we're in extremely good company.
During a recent trip to Malta and Gozo I loved seeing the faded, weathered and soft colours of doorways and window shutters, of quarried stone and smoothed marble. These cool colours are the perfect foil for the hot sun and intensely blue sky. Tranquil and cool and some inspiring colours, especially for mohair curtaining colours....a real Duck Egg blue - hard to achieve, but a total classic. I had such curiosity about what is behind these doors: the churches led to grand and opulent interiors, the houses from the odd glimpse that I had were simple and tranquil and cool.
We were thrilled to partner our friends at Evolution for the inaugural showing of 100% Design South Africa, held in Midrand, Johannesburg for five days alongside the well known and popular show, Decorex. There were a total of 50,000 visitors who came to see the dynamic mix of new and old interior companies, young designers with cutting edge furniture, lighting and really endless products, fabrics, ceramics - all on show.
We have been enjoying a creative period as we experiment with some weaving patterns and combine textures and colours. We have carpet orders in production, which will take us some time to weave and finalise and we are revisiting some of our raffia weaves which clients want to re-order.
The last few months we have been involved in different products – from fluffy tufted mohair carpets to a collection of mohair blankets for a US store. We are currently working on intricately patterned raffia (used as large room divider panels) and are finalising a carpet order for a home in Bordeaux.
Every now and then we weave a run of striped cushion covers that consist of a myriad of colours in a blending stew of hues…that really are one offs. I love the unexpectedness of the colour combinations and textures. There are some natural greys, ochres and golds. Plus a little rosy pink and pale blue to add to the mix.