Hawthorne & Heaney for Kalms

Hawthorne and Heaney are very fortunate have a a great variety of work that comes through our door which means that you may have unknowing seen our work. 

Hawthorne & Heaney for Kalms London Hand Embroidery

Earlier this year, we worked on a piece for the advertising campaign for ‘Kalms’. They wanted to create an embroidery of their slogan onto the duvet with the real life packet.

Hawthorne & Heaney for Kalms London Hand Embroidery

The colour of the stitching was very important that it would photograph true against the colours of the packaging so we spent some time testing a few threads before settling on this one as the strongest option. The texture of the stitching was also very important to them as they wanted it to have a very hand embroidered feel, but the stitching is done by machine. Therefore we chose a cotton thread which is also used for hand embroidering and paid special attention to the direction of the stitched to make them look like they flow naturally, like ink from a pen.

 

We were very please with the end result, and feel that we achieved what we were trying to achieve with this project.  Have you seen it about?

Hawthorne and Heaney Visits Burberry Maker’s House

Burberry is one of the most acclaimed British fashion houses, and to celebrate their Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Burberry partnered up with The New Craftsmen to hold a week long exhibition at Maker’s House, Soho. This event showcased the best of British craftsmen, designers and makers as well as the latest Burberry collection.

Hawthorne and Heaney Visits Burberry Maker's House London Hand Embroidery

As you make your way into the house, you walk through the garden which is covered in fairy lights with large white sculptures of heads, figures and giant horses creating a magical atmosphere before you’ve entered the building.

Hawthorne and Heaney Visits Burberry Maker's House London Hand Embroidery

The house was divided into sections, the first floor is where the makers set up their studio for the day. Each day there are a new group of makers, from jewelry makers, basket makers and textile designers. Whilst I was there, I was lucky enough to see the work of Shepherds Book Binders, sculptor Thomas Merrett, textile designers Rosalind Wyatt and Rose De Borman and even got to listen to storytelling from Pindrop studios. Watching all of this was very exciting, especially to see the work that goes into their practice.

Hawthorne and Heaney Visits Burberry Maker's House London Hand Embroidery

Downstairs is where they displayed giant mood boards showing the inspiration behind Burberry’s SS17 collection designed by Christopher Bailey. For this collection, Bailey took inspiration from the novel ‘Orlando’ by Virginia Woolf, where in the novel the protagonist’s gender changes halfway through. He also drew influences from Nancy Lancaster’s interior design, using her sense of colour and floral designs.

Hawthorne and Heaney Visits Burberry Maker's House London Hand Embroidery

At the very top of the Makers House is where the Burberry collection was located. Each look was presented across the room with music playing in the background. There was a huge screen where we could watch the catwalk show and this was held here in the Makers House. We found out that even the carpet was bespoke designed for the show!

Hawthorne and Heaney Visits Burberry Maker's House London Hand Embroidery

Hawthorne and Heaney Visits Burberry Maker's House London Hand Embroidery

The colours in the collection ranged from black and gold to soft mint greens and pinks. Shapes and techniques used alongside the colours captured both feminine and masculine qualities and this fits the story of Orlando.

Hawthorne and Heaney Visits Burberry Maker's House London Hand Embroidery

This collection was also celebrated as this was the first time the garments were available to buy immediately after the show. Normally it takes around six months to buy what you see on the catwalk.

Hawthorne and Heaney Visits Burberry Maker's House London Hand Embroidery

This was truly a beautiful collection and a great way for everyone to experience and celebrate London Fashion Week.

 

 

 

 

Hawthorne & Heaney for A V Robertson

Hawthorne & Heaney for A V Robertson London Hand Embroidery

If you follow our Instagram, then  you may have seen our post earlier in the week about the Fashion East show which we were delighted to have played a part in.  The mancunian designer, A V Robertson who specialises in embellished womenswear created a collection of elegant looks with an abundance of 3D leaves and hand embroidered elements. We were responsible for creating the leaves and petals that grow out of the garments, each of which was individually hand made.

Hawthorne & Heaney for A V Robertson London Hand Embroidery

The process started with making hundreds of meters bias binding which would seal and finish each of the pieces. As you can see Amie from A V Robertson had chosen a very exciting colour palette to work with, so there were many combinations to choose from.

Hawthorne & Heaney for A V Robertson London Hand Embroidery

After pressing all the binding into shape, it was then applied to the center fabric that made up the body of the leaves.

Hawthorne & Heaney for A V Robertson London Hand EmbroideryWith 8 colours of binding, 13 fabric insides and 8 leaf shapes, there were hundreds of potential combinations.

Hawthorne & Heaney for A V Robertson London Hand Embroidery

Then it was over to Amie to put her creations all together, if you would like to see the whole collection, click here for the vogue website.

Hawthorne & Heaney for A V Robertson London Hand Embroidery

Hawthorne & Heaney for A V Robertson London Hand Embroidery

 

 

 

Hawthorne & Heaney at the Missoni Art Colour Exhibition

One of the most respected designer brands that has been in the creative industry for many years has ventured to London’s greatest Fashion and Textiles Museum to give you an insight into the creative processes of their italian fashion house. Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, the founders of Missoni, have developed their brand into various avenues across design world and we went to check out what Fashion, Interior and Art work the exhibition had to offer.

Hawthorne & Heaney at the Missoni Art Colour Exhibition London Hand Embroidery

Missoni Art Colour

The exhibition begins with a traditional art gallery layout where you see many inspiration paintings from abstract artists like Sonia Delaunay and Bella and Gino Severini. It is clear to see the similarities in all the paintings displayed highlighting what elements the couple liked and wanted to develop into their own designs.

Hawthorne & Heaney at the Missoni Art Colour Exhibition London Hand Embroidery

Ottavio Missoni chose to create many wall hangings made with knitted patchwork. Many of these are displayed around the exhibition so it is possible to see them both close up and from a distance. Although many colours are used throughout all of the wall hangings it is clear to see that all combinations have been carefully considered.

Hawthorne & Heaney at the Missoni Art Colour Exhibition London Hand Embroidery

Wall hangings – Missoni Art Colour

By creating wall hangings with no real structure other than the original construction allowed Ottavio to have a unique way of merging his interest of art and fashion. These wall hangings were the basis and textile research for when he developed his work in a new form to produce fashion collections.

Hawthorne & Heaney at the Missoni Art Colour Exhibition London Hand Embroidery

Garment collection – Missoni Art Colour

By creating wall hangings with no real structure other than the original construction allowed Ottavio to have a unique way of merging his interest of art and fashion. These wall hangings were the basis and textile research for when he developed his work in a new form to produce fashion collections.

Hawthorne & Heaney at the Missoni Art Colour Exhibition London Hand Embroidery

Missoni knitted jumper, iconic ‘Made in Italy’ label – Missoni Art Colour

Missoni is well known for its fashion collections but also a lot of its woven materials have been used in the interior industry. A room is dedicated to many mirrors and carpets all using the Missoni patterns. An exclusive documentary is played in this room which gives you more of an insight to the makings of all avenues of the Missoni brand from the perspective of the Missoni family themselves.

Hawthorne & Heaney at the Missoni Art Colour Exhibition London Hand Embroidery

Interior room – Missoni Art Colour

 

If you would like to visit this exhibition it is on from 6 May – 4 September 2016.

Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm

Thursdays until 8pm

Sundays, 11am–5pm

Last admission 45 minutes before closing

Closed Mondays

£9.90 adults  / £7.70 concessions / £6 students

By Philippa Martin