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 does Father’s Day

With Father’s Day fast approaching, there is still time to get your special item into us for personalisation before the big day on Sunday 19th June.tie stay monogram

From Ties to shirts, jackets to handies, if we can get into it, we will stitch it.

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Prices start at just £6.20 plus VAT per letter.

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Hawthorne & Heaney at the Guess Denim Promotion

On October the 8th, Hawthorne and Heaney set up a monogramming service in Guess, Regent street for their denim promotion event with Glamour Magazine.

Alongside monogramming, the event also offered tutorials on denim customisation, and a photo booth.

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The monogramming was free of charge with any denim purchase. Jeans were the most popular item to embroider, which were offered in three different postpositions. This one in particular looked very smart.

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Monogramming is a great way to personalise a pair of jeans, and is becoming more popular amongst well known high end and high street brands. The colours offered on the night were either red, or white to match the stores branding, and looked very smart in the classic London font.

 

Hawthorne & Heaney at Harrods

From Friday the 2nd to Sunday the 4th of October, Hawthorne and Heaney spent the weekend demonstrating luxury hand monogramming at the Hardy Amie’s concession in Harrods.

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The Autumn/Winter “Made to Measure” event at Harrods focused on customisation in premium men’s tailoring, showing how different items can be personalised. Hand monogramming presented by Hawthorne and Heaney is a skill that requires attention to detail, patience and practice in order to produce pieces of the high quality that was shown over the weekend.

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The font was designed for the event by Hawthorne and Heaney, and looks stunning when embroidered onto one of Hardy Amie’s shirts. There was a range of different colours and positions of monogramming presented during the weekend demonstration, including this subtle white on white example of a cuff monogram.

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Hawthorne & Heaney with Orlebar Brown

1440-35Hawthorne & Heaney has been working with the swimwear brand, Orlebar Brown to personalise their swim shorts. Engineered in the same way as a tailored trouser, the Orlebar Brown shorts are suitable as both outerwear and swim wear because of their unique approach. This makes them much more versatile than your average garment, more the ‘short you can swim in’ than a swim short.

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 11.44.38Orlebar Brown go to great lengths to ensure the highest quality for their garments, each pair of shorts is made of 17 panels and will have gone through 12 stages of hand construction before they are ruthlessly quality checked. Each pair has the classic tailored side adjusters allowing the fit and style to be altered for each wearer and are available in your choice of 4 lengths.  This meticulous attention to detail makes a monogram a perfect addition to there garment, cementing the personalised experience of purchasing an pair of Orlebar Brown shorts.

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As with all the garments we work on, the Orlebar Brown short monogram is individually drafted, framed and applied before our embroiderers meticulously stitch the initials in Orlebar Brown’s signature font. This just gives the extra personal touch, adding to the luxurious look and feel of these fully crafted swim shorts.1440-41

 

Hawthorne & Heaney with Navio Ties

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Navio ties is a very interesting tie brand that has taken the idea of monogramming and put their own nautical spin on it. Using Flags and Pennants they translate your chosen letters into Nautical Flag symbols, the likes of which have been used at sea for hundreds of years, and apply that to the tie. This creates a beautiful personalised item with a hidden meaning, except for those who speak the language.

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The Initials represented by the flags are stitched into the silk of the tie itself which can be produced  in 4 different designs. The ties themselves are 100% silk, woven and made by hand in Sudbury, England and then brought to London to be embroidered by Hawthorne & Heaney.

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Screen shot 2014-11-20 at 14.56.44They make a beautiful gift for a distinguished gentlemen, appropriate for any occasion If you would like to learn more about Navio ties or to make your order, visit their website for details.

 

Hawthorne & Heaney Monograms for Jack Wills this Christmas

Jack Wills, The Monogram Shop:

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Hawthorne & Heaney  is hitting the shops this Christmas, bringing the monogramming to you and your loved ones. We will be embroidering all sorts of gifts and garments from Jack Wills in their Soho store. We can work on a whole host of current items and you can see a few of the items we have already done if you are stuck for ideas, or come and discuss where you would like the monogram to be with us.

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Cheeky monogram on the back of Jack Wills check lounge trousers.

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Matching wash bag and overnight duffle bag combination.

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Chunky Initials on an open mohair weave scarf.

The Monogram shop is available every weekend until Christmas 12 -6pm exclusively in the Soho store.

Please note monogramming in Jack Wills store can only be done on Jack Wills items bought in store on the same day when bought with the monogram service.

If you would like us to come to your store or event to personalise items, get in contact with us!

 

Hawthorne & Heaney Events presents… Monogramming for Superdry Premium

You may have caught us out on the town again as on Thursday, the ladies of Hawthorne & Heaney took themselves down to Superdry Islington to share their embroidery skills. We thought we would just post with you a couple of pictures from the event to give you some inspiration while you wait and see where we pop up next:

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Finished Product!

 

Hawthorne & Heaney Events presents… Monogramming @ Farah Vintage

The Hawthorne & Heaney team have been busy making themselves known again this weekend by getting out and about with the public. This event was with Farah Vintage, a very well established mens wear brand, in their Covent Garden Store. Farah Vintage was established back in 1910 in Texas making blue chambray shirts for 35cents! The Utilitarian functionality of their items made them popular with the 1970’s Mod culture, an aesthetic that can still be felt today in their collection. This connection with music has been consistent as they have been sported by bands such as Pulled Apart by Horses, Bombay Bicycle Club, Editors and many more.

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In honour of Fathers Day, our team was furiously embroidering personalised initials onto shirts for those who wanted to add the personal touch to their gift. The Farah customers were willing to be quite individual about their monogramming, choosing interesting placements for their initials along side the traditional cuff position. Our embroiderer used the traditional transfer technique to apply the design, then works into the shirt on the frame free hand. You can see the stages of the process below:

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Stay posted to see where we pop up next!