When preparing for my solo exhibition in 2012, I was interested in the possibility of creating pieces inspired by my large-scale painting, which could exist in a smaller, more intimate form. There were two key touchstones for this exhibition; still lives of ancient artefacts and the remarkable designs of Islamic embroidery, a tradition inherently tactile and nomadic. I saw an opportunity to translate the beauty of ancient museum pieces — usually seen only behind glass — into a textile to be worn and handled. As limited-edition silk scarves, made to the highest standards of quality, I hope that they will constitute things of longevity, made to last and be handed on, becoming vessels for memory and items of meaning in their own right.

 

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The Middle Eastern Collection

The Middle Eastern Collection, designed in the Middle East about the Middle East, is a series based on Islamic museum pieces from the 12th century, incorporating Middle Eastern embroidery patterns and printed in France and Italy. This 90×90 collection printed on silk twill with a hand rolled border, is a striking illustration of bold prints in trend and a homage to the process of translating past and present visual language of the region’s heritage.


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