I think one of the reasons I love working with textiles so much is my love of colour and texture. On a visit to Florence a year ago, I visited a textiles recycling business and loved the patterns and textures created by the bales of sorted fabrics, I have lots of images like the following two in masses of colour ways.
I often return to inspirations such as these in my design and sketch books, and they influence the hand dying of fibres and yarns I create for Grace and Jacob. I think colour influence is sometimes subliminal and it seeps into every aspect of my textile work, a simple example is the final layer of hand dyed fibre on these hand felted slippers.
Remind you of anything?
If you have a hankering to learn to hand dye or to hand felt your own slippers further information can be found here
Look forward to sharing more thoughts, ideas and inspirations with you soon.