Hawthorne & Heaney have been working very closely with Photographer, Sam Faulkner on his ambitious, most recent project entitled, Unseen Waterloo.
For this project he has created a series of 81 life sized portraits which re imagine the soldiers from the battle of Waterloo, 1815. A painstaking amount of detail has gone into producing these portraits as all the costumes are historically accurate and document the great variety of men who were lost at this battle. The portraits were hung at Somerset House against a great sea of scarlet red Hainsworth fabric, which is the same cloth used to make the traditional ‘red coat’ uniforms which is still being made in the same way hundreds of years later in the West Yorkshire Mill.
Along side the exhibition of the portraits, a book has been created to accumulate the pieces. The ‘Thin Red Line’ edition of the book is limited to a run of only 25 pieces, embroidered by Hawthorne & Heaney in silver onto the same Hainsworth fabric and presented in its own embroidered solander box. The cover depicts a map of the battlefield of Waterloo using a variety of stitches to represent the different areas and features of the landscape. As a military embroidery company, the collaboration between Hawthorne & Heaney and a project of this nature seemed natural and we are very pleased to have been involved in making Faulkner’s vision, a reality in the anniversary year of such a historic event.
The eagle eyed among you will have already guessed from our social media that the Hawthorne & Heaney family is out in London again at the moment, this time for H&M in their flagship store on Oxford Circus. They are celebrating the start of summer with a bang, so in line with the launch of their new summer lines of beachwear and swimwear, Hawthorne & Heaney are monogramming anything from the collection in store.
Here’s a few examples from the promotion which we can be found at until 9pm on 8th May.
Just a quick one from us this week, we thought we would share a picture of David Oyelowo in his Huntsman Tuxedo at the Critics Choice Movie Awards. He took the opportunity to honour Dr. Martin Luther King, whom he portrays in his latest movie, Selma by having the lining embroidered by Hawthorne & Heaney with the words from one of King’s favourite hymns ‘Take My Hand, Precious Lord’.