Bursting with ideas

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The weather is bleak, I’m fed up with the grey when I look out of the window. It seems today that M&S is looming greater than ever. And just a year ago we could see the hills and the cars coming down off Snake Pass from here. I’m about to knuckle down with today’s task and make a start on sewing the flags for outside. In part, this post is to make sure I do it ‘cos now I’ve told you and you’ll want to know how I get on! The idea is to create colourful flags from rip stock nylon that will lift the outside appearance of the shop. When they are finished we will appliqué words onto the flags. We have three carbon fibre rods and so need three words, one for each flag. We have kind of agreed on ‘ART’ and ‘CRAFT’ but are stuck for word three. A word that sums up an aspect of the studios. Any ideas?

Cote D’Azure

This fabulous fabric has lived at the Studios for two years. We are immensley fond of it; it is big, bold, bright and really brings the summer into the room. The photo below really doesn’t fo justicve tot he vibrancy of the colours in this design. It is a early 1980’s design by Susan Collier of Campbell Collier.

Cote D'Azure FabricSusan Collier sadly died in 2011. There are numerous obituries available on the internet whcih tell us all about her design philosophy and technique; I especially like this quote   from the Guardian:“As a born subversive, she challenged the rules of mechanical patterning, which from block to roller-cylinder print overorganised design, in what she described as a “plonkity-plonk” manner. Her motto was “cheat the repeat”. “I was politically motivated to produce beautiful cloth for the mass market,” she said. She enjoyed laundering and ironing too, all part of a textile’s life-cycle. She wanted her prints to be painterly, the brushmarks left in – visibly hand-created though mass-produced, not an easy effect to achieve through machines. When you see her art work, gouache creamy as custard, thin brush squiggles all over, you hear the indrawn breath of a printer about to say: “Are you sure you want it done like that?”

The writer describes this fabric as ‘matisse for the masses’.

Anyway, the long and the short of it is that we cannot store this lovely piece of fabric and have put it up for sale on eBay. We want it to go to someone who will ensure it is  appreciated, loved and used. Could this be you?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/may/15/susan-collier-obituary

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O268676/cote-dazure-6-views-furnishing-fabric-collier-susan/