Print Play is the perfect description of this book. It is about printing and and at the same time playful and fresh.
The authors Jess Wright and Lara Davies are “Home-Work” – two textile designers and screen printers from Melbourne, Australia. The creative duo have worked together for the past 7 years teaching screen printing and design, as well as bringing their own colourful textile designs to life! Jess and Lara’s obsession with colour and pattern is tangible and is evident in everything they create! Enthusiastically converting ideas from their imagination to reality (usually with music playing in the background), the pair produce screen printed textile prints that are thoughtful and fun.
Adding a little objet d’art to the simplest everyday items, these textiles become functional and are turned into tote bags, make up bags, cushions and even wallpaper. The book opens with a really great contents page, a real appetite wetter, with small images of some of the projects you can make.
The instructions for printing are very clear and easy to follow. There is a section on different kinds of inks, things to consider when choosing colours, and both the authors describe their own preferences when it comes to colour and design and they also show their own design processes.
You are told about creating an inspiration board and then you start on the projects that on the whole are easy and incredibly effective.
This is hand holding at its best. A really great book especially if you are new or inexperienced when it comes to printing.
Dear reader you may find it strange that I
am reviewing a second book on what is ostensibly mending or even another book
on blue mending. Okay I admit it, as always it is the blue that draws me in, as
do the beautiful worn denims. However this book is about much more than just
mending. It comes out of the Slow Fashion movement that is very strong in
America and growing in momentum on this side of the pond.
are the practical elements, you are shown the basic techniques, exterior and
interior patches, hand stitches improvised darning and weaving. It is also
interwoven with the philosophy and stories behind the Slow Fashion movement.
It was in 2013 that Katrina, a fibre artist, started an art project called Make Thrift and Mend- where she vowed not to buy any new clothes for an entire year. It grew out of three influences: the first being the collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that killed 1100 workers and injured another 2500. The second an interview with Elizabeth Cline author of Overdressed: The shockingly high cost of cheap fashion. The third was a blog written by slow fashion designer Natalie Chanin, in which she advocated slow design.
As Katrina launched her new project she
researched everything she could on sustainable fashion and the people who
practice it. During that first year Katrina fell in love with mending, which
she transformed into an art form as she realized the opportunities to consider
patches and stitches as design elements. Katrina approaches mending with the
same design considerations she uses in her art work- line, shape, scale,
texture and colour. –she fuses embroidery and basic stitches to create
strangely beautiful and eco friendly
garments that have been well- worn and are still well-loved.
The book has quotes from artists and
designers who work using textiles in an ethical and eco friendly manner.
excited for Mending Matters and for Katrina’s work that offers new directions
within the sustainable fashion community. It creates solutions, draws on
handcraft heritage, and widens opportunities to connect Slow Fashion through
simple stitchings “
Foreward by Natalie Chanin founder and
creative director of Alabama Chanin.
“Making my own clothing makes me happy.
This is not to say that I am always successful in my makes. But more often than
not, and with greater regularity these days, I make items of clothing that I
wear and cherish. In a changeable world this gives me great satisfaction and
“When we dye our wool and cotton and linen
with plants, we can mark the way the goldenrod covered everything in sight this
year or the good health of the tall oaks that dropped basketful of tannin-rich
acorns. We can put colour by for winter, wear medicine on our backs. We can
harvest the colours around us and in
making them part of our wardrobes they can hold our stories and come
back to us.”
am writing this during Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and one of the
biggest opportunities in Slow Fashion is mindfulness.
As Katrina says ‘Most women are
oversaturated by a fashion industry telling us how to look, dress, eat, diet,
hide, reveal, boost, or otherwise mute our bodies. By being more mindful, time
can be taken out to think what it is you really want. The confidence in your
personal style is actually counterculture to fashion trends.
try to remind my students that the point is not to have a perfect closet filled
with perfect garments, but to cultivate mindfulness- mendfullness –and make
deliberate choices, focus on what you can do to make a positive impact, and
gain a deeper understanding of your true preference and style.’
is ultimately about healing. It’s about healing what we intuit to be broken in
the fast-fashion industry but also in our individual experiences of clothing.
We can learn to create antidotes to the damages of scrutinizing body image, low
self-esteem, and general scarcity that comes with the never ending never ending
need to ‘fix’ something in ourselves through our wardrobes”
“ My darning is still from perfect…it’s now
loud and proud, big patches that glow happily from leaf prints, as every time I
mend , I re-dye the garment. Refreshing in a eucalyptus bath reinforces the
cloth with a layer of colour, sanitizes and gives things a lovely fragrance.
It’s a practice that connects me firmly to the land where I live and it makes
me very happy”
Over 30 fun projects for the modern weaver By Francesca Kletz and Brooke Dennis
Francesca Kletz and Brooke Dennis are the partnership who started and run The London Loom, a weaving studio in Hackney, East London
London Loom hosts both community workshops and smaller classes where adults and children work alongside each other inspiring creativity. As well as beginners weaving Francesca and Brooke also teach other crafts. This book is not your conventional weaving book, there are many styles and methods of weaving that are covered in the book.
Not all the projects are done on a loom, however the basic different steps are covered, as are tools and materials. These include interlocking, curves, soumak, rya knots and loop stitch.
There are exciting and inventive ideas such as making a giant loom from a clothing rail or creating your own yarn from scraps of fabric. Tassel making is covered. One is shown how to weave a letter or even how to use a spade to create a wall hanging. Learn how to ice dye and to make a woven fringed back for a jacket.
If you want to create interior accessories there is a really cool shade, an upcycled chair with a new woven seat a puja mat and some great geometric cushions and a rug. This book is full of exciting projects that takes what can be quite a worthy po faced activity and turns it into something that is fun.
If you want to start a new craft this is a
bargain at £14.99.