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The second in my series “Stories from the Cloth” is starting to materialise – this time it’s silk.
My source of inspiration is the lining to the 1750’s gentleman’s waistcoat that I only have the front of – still there is a lot to learn from it.

 

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The design as drawn and the textures and intensity of each colour established and the printing began.

 

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The new colour was certainly a departure for me and I’m really pleased with the ‘antique’ effect that I feel that it conjures up.

The book designs had been planned and the prints made from diminishing pieces of the plate and are now drying.

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When I studied the waistcoat this time I was intrigued by the hook and eye at the bottom inside of the buttons

 

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It’s steel and spring loaded and bears the mark CHOLLS and for all that it’s only 1.2cm long – a tiny piece of clothing history.

I have also been gallivanting – a trip in a small boat amongst the islands to the west of Italy and here is a photograph from Sardinia which beautifully reminds me of the blue skies and sunshine on this wild, wet and windy day in Yorkshire!

 

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Looking forward to making up the books.