Hawthorne & Heaney chats with Riddle Magazine

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Hand embrodierer extraordinaire Megumi Endo working on a monogrammed handkerchief

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A few weeks back, we took some time out to chat to Rupert Watkins of Riddle Magazine and friend of Hawthorne & Heaney. We were delighted when he said he wanted to do an article on us for Riddle and so after lots of conversation and a little time with their photographer Andy Barnham, the article is ready to be shared with you.

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Close up detail of raised machine embrodiery

The article covers a little of the history of how Hawthorne & Heaney came to be as well as the sort of pieces we work on. Here are a few of the pictures from the article to give you a taste, follow the link to read the article in its entirety.

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Hawthorne & Heaney’s Director, Claire Barret at her drawing desk

Hawthorne & Heaney: Thanks for coming!

Last Week, we had a little gathering at the studio as an official welcome to our new studio and get together of industry contacts. Thanks to everyone who came along, we hope you had a lovely time, as we throughly enjoyed ourselves.

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For those who couldnt come along, here is a little glimpse of what we got up to.IMG_0218

As well as a peek at the new studio space and how we work, we were also offering a few freebies in the form of personalised hankies or tote bags.

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We had a couple of machines offering the service while you wait with 2 of our lovely machinists, Maianh and Ella operating them with Pearl and Hasina to assist.

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Our expert hand embroiderer Meg was demonstrating some traditional goldwork techniques for people to watch.

It wasnt all serious work though…

Embroidery wizardry #movinginparty #embroiderythursdays #witchcraft #embroidery #bespoke #fun

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Hawthorne & Heaney Visits Molly Goddard’s ‘What I Like’ Exhibition at the NOW Gallery

Central Saint Martins graduate and one of London’s newest emerging designers, Molly Goddard, is holding a new, interactive exhibition at Greenwich’s NOW Gallery where you are invited to sit and embroider one of her floor to ceiling tulle dresses for free. When an opportunity like this comes up we just had to go and check it out for ourselves!

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In one large, sunlit room, the six colourful oversized dresses hang from the ceiling on pulleys so that the whole length of the dress can eventually be covered. You are encouraged to sit on one of the chairs around the dresses and embroider absolutely anything you like on them.

For Molly, the exhibition is about people ‘enjoying doing something with their hands’ and she hopes that people from all walks of life will come and make their mark on one of her dresses.

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Around the room are simple and clear instructions for basic embroidery stitches, meaning anyone from an absolute beginner to an embroidery artist can come and express their creativity on the dresses. This is such a lovely way for everyone to experience embroidery and is a fun way to introduce people to the traditional craft. The whole exhibition is also very child friendly with blunt, plastic needles and scissors attached to a chain in the centre, making it an excellent activity for the whole family to take part in.

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Collecting a oversized needle and some thread from the central podium, I chose a blank space and began to stitch directly onto the tulle. The whole experience was very relaxing and there was no pressure on what you did with the thread so you could just experiment and let your imagination run wild!

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Each little stitch helps the dresses to grow and evolve and it was very exciting to be able to add my own personal mark amongst all the others in what feels like a huge community project.

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The exhibition only opened and already the bottom of the dresses are filling up with an array of interesting designs and colour from a variety of different people. I can’t wait to see what they will look in February when the exhibition closes and one of the dresses will be auctioned off for charity.

 

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Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of this very unique interactive art installation!

The exhibition runs from 4 November 2016 to 19 February 2017

Monday to Friday 10am – 7pm

Saturday and Sunday 11am – 4pm

Closed for Christmas 24 December – 2nd January

 

NOW Gallery

The Gateway Pavilions

Peninsula Square

London

SE10 0SQ

By Jessica Eykel

Hawthorne & Heaney For Elle Magazine, September Issue 2016

2016 has been a pretty packed year for us at Hawthorne & Heaney, but one of the highlights has to be the Elle magazine cover we produced for their September issue. As one of 5 covers released we were delighted to be commissioned to produce this one for the project.

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The theme of the issue was Icons of Change, as we shared the honour of the cover with the likes of Zayn Malik and Kristen Stewart. Our cover was designed to be as subtle as possible, a blank canvas on which the main question could be asked; ‘Now what?’ as the issue marks a change in direction for Elle magazine.

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In house, it was a really exciting project for us as it gave us a rare opportunity to amalgamate hand and machine embroiderery techniques, unifying our departments. The main title and the label’s lettering were done by CAD machine embroidery in a light shine thread over raisings.  The finer details were added in hand embroidery which can be seen in ‘ElleUK.com’ and ‘September 2017’ as well as the stitches applying the label.

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Along side the work itself, our name can be seen on the contents page. If you would like to see more on this issue, check out some of the features below:

Elle is Changing, elle.com

Icons of Change, elle.com

itsnicethat.com

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Hawthorne & Heaney for Monki Jeans

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to work with the lovely people at Monki Jeans on their customisation event. Hawthorne and Heaney were in store stitching for the launch day where customers could have their denim hand embroidered with an initial or a little symbol.

monki-2As per our usual event, the customers had a choice of fonts and colours for their personalisation.

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Quite a few people decided on the classic white on denim look for their embellishments.

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Whilst others vamped up bolder, already embroidered designs with their personal monogram.

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Hawthorne & Heaney for A V Robertson

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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Hawthorne & Heaney for Young Designers

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

 

Hawthorne & Heaney for Debenhams

The Hawthorne & Heaney ladies have been out in force again, this time for Debenhams in the run up to Christmas. They have been bringing our special brand of personalisation to the items available as part of the ‘found it’ promotion.photo (1)

Cute little embroidery from one of our ladies, stitching the found it label. It seems that personalisation has been everywhere this year and long may it continue! So for now we at the Hawthorne & Heaney team wish you Happy Christmas and we look forward to the New Year!

 

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LEE PATON

Last nights event at Shoreditch Studios was one of our most exciting to date !  Lee Patons off schedule presentation of  his AW13 collection Haakons Plateau.   Inspired by the centenary of Captain Scotts ill fated expedition to the South Pole, the collection was beautifully tailored with an incredible variety of heritage techniques.  Hand knit, crochet, taxidermy and of course hand embroidery.

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The show itself was a beautiful evening with Hendricks Gin putting on complimentary cocktails whilst we waited for the show to begin then we were treated to a beautiful performance by Patrick Wolf and a string quartet, also with embroidery by H&H, who played as the show began.  Check out our blog for MrXStitch for a sneak peak at the embroidery drafts for the project.   Photos coming soon !

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Thank you to Callum Watt at Maketh the Man for the beautiful photos !