In an age where much of our interactions and transactions happen online and Professional Snapchatter is an actual job (we’re not kidding, look it up) it’s nice to stop and marvel at something handmade. These are the textile designers, embroiderers and weavers who are inspiring us right now.
London-based artist and Central St Martins grad Boe Holder creates tiny plant sculptures of succulents and cacti as well as pins, postcards and whimsical flowerpots for, you know, actual plants. We’re pinning her Monstera pin to our denim jacket ASAP while we wait for the rest of her adorable creations to get restocked – Holder can’t make the little guys fast enough.
Sydney-based artist Liz Payne lends her bright, beaded and embroidered touch to socks, shoes and jewellery. Her distinct style uses primitive shapes, primary colours and it’s unlike anything else.
Recently I was asked by @frankiemagazine to decorate a pair of socks however I saw fit and here they are: I call them 'Clusterkickers'! ✨And guess what? YOU can WIN them in an auction with all proceeds going towards The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (@alnf_). Pop on over to the link in my profile NOW to put a bid in for this great cause and hopefully snag yourself a pair of hand embroidered and beaded socks! Bids close June 15. Photographed by Mark Lobo. (frankie.com.au/socks)
Topshop and Anthropologie have used Nicole McCartney’s botanical textile designs, which start out as paintings. Her Instagram account offers a glimpse at her work long before it ends up on clothing store hangers.
Another account dedicated to textile design, Kelly Ventura’s inky drawings have ended up as interior fabrics and plates.
The creations on this account are inspired by retro interiors and many of the embroidered scenes feature ’60s and ’70s living rooms, but it’s the Balmain-level embellished denim that has us coming back for more.
The weaving that makes up jujujust’s tapestries and jewellery is shaggy and lushly textured. Scroll through the feed and you’ll notice the gradual shift in colour schemes. We dig it.