Its that time of year again, fashion and textile graduates will know what we mean.
Your design tutor who has finally signed off on your incredibly ambitious embroidery design for your final collection / portfolio. They love it and have uttered the immortal words “but I want to see more”.
After a few brief moments of relief the creeping panic begins to set in. A look over the calendar confirms it. There is just not enough time for one person to achieve all this for deadline !
Don’t worry we are here to help !! Hawthorne & Heaney specialise in fast turnaround and as a larger percentage of our work is made in London ordering, design changes and pick up/drop off are streamlines to cut days of standard lead times.
Hawthorne & Heaney have helped many students over the years at graduate level including Claire Barrow and Ashley Williams !
At this time of year we are lucky enough to get a sneak peak at some of the freshest fashion talent around as Students from all over contact us with their ideas for their final collections. This insight into the future of fashion is always so exciting to see and often pushes us beyond our usual style or way of approaching a project. This year we have been working with designers such as Mary Ashcroft, Naomi Bartling and Palmina Cerullo.
Mary Ashcroft has a bold aesthetic, using machine embroidery also to add large strokes of texture to her piece emulating a paint brush. With this piece she brings together multiple textures of fabric as the embroidery act as the seam between Mac plastic, Velvet and Felt. This exposes the way the fabrics react differently to the introduction of the embroidery with the punched out nature of the plastic and the way the pile of the velvet peeks through the heavy stitching on the velvet areas.
Naomi Bartling took a very different approach to the other graduates, using embroidery to bring together many different elements to built a multitude of colour texture and interest. This eclectic approach to her embroidery created some really eye catching pieces as we took apart existing hair pieces and corsages, and reassembled them. We also produced this moss covered piece for her, embellished with a range of 3D beaded motifs.
Palmina Cerullo from the University for the Creative Arts went for a more traditional embroidery route, with her hand embroidered blue bullion work chair designs. The punchy colours of the bullion stands out wonderfully against the suiting fabrics.
If you would like to get in contact with us about a project you are working on, please drop us an email, we would love to hear your ideas…
Lica Tang‘s work is a clever combination of organic inspiration and digital media coming together to create an original and modern aesthetic. During her time studying an MA in textile design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Tang produced a collection inspired by “Animals and Nature” but by using digital media and CAD production techniques, subverts this seemingly ordinary beginning point into a striking and visually subverted mini collection as the showpiece of her degree.