Category Archives: Textiles

Getting ready for a Christmas Barbie

It appears that this Christmas has seen a revival in ‘Ugly Sweaters‘ or ‘Ugly Jumpers‘ that are knitted and have Christmas overtones. Garish in colour and design, they feature the typical ‘Christmas colours’ of green/red/white and can feature snowflake patterns, … Continue reading

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On Armistice Day – Lest We Forget

Above is part of a collection of World War One (WW1) recruitment posters, (A gift by Horace H.J. Roberts). Over 200 Parliamentary Recruiting Committee and Parliamentary War Saving Committee posters were published before the introduction for conscription in January 1916. … Continue reading

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Natalia Goncharova’s Kingdom Under the Sea

(Above: Ballet costume for a seahorse for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe production of Sadko, ca. 1916 by Natalia Goncharova. Costume: Silk-cotton satin lamé, paint, wire, wadding: cape, 166cm headdress 83 x60 x 25cm). Russian avant-garde artist, painter, costume designer, writer, … Continue reading

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The Object of Orphism

Sonia Delaunay was a Jewish-French artist who, along with her husband Robert Delaunay and others, co-founded the Orphism art movement, noted for its use of strong colors and geometric shapes. Her work extends to painting, textile and stage set design. … Continue reading

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From East to West – I’ve Goatcher Covered

Philip W. Goatcher was born on the 23rd November 1851, in London; the son of a scene painter. He left school in his early teens to work as a law clerk at Lincoln’s Inn. In his spare time he would visit … Continue reading

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Just one piece of the major Jigsaw

Jigsaw is a clothing retailer with outlets in Britain, the United States and an independent licencee in Australia. Formerly only a women’s clothier, Jigsaw launched their menswear range in 2012. The company is based on Mortlake Road in Kew, south west London and has 47 outlets across … Continue reading

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I ask you… Does this bag look warped?

Tapestry is a form of textile art, traditionally woven on a vertical loom. It is composed of two sets of interlaced threads, those running parallel to the length (called the warp); and those running to the parallel of the width … Continue reading

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What a great mantle-piece

The fashion plate featured here is one of Jean Patou’s “mantles” as advertised in the “Art Gout Beaute” fashion magazine ca. 1922  Art-Gout-Beaute (aka “Art, Good Taste and Beauty“) ran from the 1920s-1930s.  Considered more “vogue than Vogue,” this expensive … Continue reading

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Alannah Alarmer!

If you’re a “girly” girl like me, you will be sobbing into your lace and bead-trimmed floral hanky. Australian fashion designer Alannah Hill, has announced splitsville from her label “Alannah Hill“, which she started nearly 20 years ago. What once … Continue reading

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Oh what a beauty… I’ve never seen one as big as that before!

In this instance, I am referring to the gaping mouth-hole on this picture which is an inset of a section of curtain painted by John Piper in 1942 for the Edith Sitwell/William Walton production of Façade. So, who exactly was … Continue reading

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I love knit-wits

Yarn bombing or yarn storming, is also known as guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting. It includes colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre attached to ordinary objects in the street.     Often these yarn installations … Continue reading

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You can’t embroider upon anything further than this…

Melbourne fashion designer, Anthea Crawford began her career in the fashion industry at the young age of 16, originating in the Flinders Lane fashion houses that are still sought-out today. The start to her career was just the beginning of … Continue reading

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Je suis Parisienne

This sample is from a summer cotton print in the Parisian style, from the House of Simona, which is a family run business renowned for showcasing timeless designs, sophisticated style, superior cut and outstanding quality for the ever-so stylish, Australian … Continue reading

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Florelei

Not sure if I have just invented a new word or not – but florelei (pron. like Lorelei) covers all things floral (guys, you can read that as girly). I am a sucker for a great floral pattern, be it … Continue reading

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Guerilla Knitting

Yarn bombing and guerilla knitting can be cool. Our suburb was recently bombed overnight and the outcome is fantastic. There are various forms of bombing. I’ve seen lace around trees, crochet and knitted objects surrounding parking meters and road signs. … Continue reading

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