Concrete and Dye, Oh My!
…well, not all together, but thought I’d post a couple of unrelated stories to make up for my blogging absence of late (it’s been kind of manic at Styling HQ of late, with Christmas 2010 jobs galore via a Bollywood wedding and Autumnal textured bathroom story – but more on that later). I’ll be posting up reviews of last weekend’s Bust Craftacular and New Designers Exhibition once I’ve finished going through my reams of cards and scribbled notes so do stay tuned!
First up, concrete: as a regular reader of Di Overton’s Designer’s Block blog (one of my fave UK stop-offs for quirky design news) and admirer of Kathy Dalwood of really-cool-things-made-of-concrete fame, I was somewhat excited to read of their recent collaboration on this outstanding range of concrete tassels which, states Kathy, are ‘stunningly realistic pieces created by direct casting from real vintage silk originals – to create a range of striking, one-off, sculptural accessories’. As seen in the pics (take a look at Kathy’s blog post on the making process here), as well as actually functioning as curtain tassels, they can also be used as wall art or just as a lovely decorative thingy to spruce up your space (hmmm, how to justify needing another decorative thingy to the boyf…)
The collection, known as Concrete Ghost, co-incides with the relaunch of Di’s Ghost Furniture website, which I’ve admired for some time (and wrote about in this post on my old blog). Living a somewhat idyllic lifestyle, she regularly travels to the flea markets, passementeries and Brocantes of France to pick up unloved vintage goodies, before promptly whipping them home to Northumberland where she transforms them with a lick of paint, trim of fabric and sprinkling of fairy dust (probably) to create, amongst others, these lovely fellows:
But back to concrete: hankering to have a go at making something with the grey matter yourself but lacking in Kathy’s precision skills?
Then head on over to The Beat That My Heart Skipped, where my organisational and item labelling hero Benita from Chez Larsson has guest written a tutorial for making this personalised bookend using a bag of ready-mix concrete, a small wooden letter and an empty Ferrero Rocher box (hmmmm, how to justify eating an entire tin of dinner party faux-posh choccies in the name of craft to the… oh, OK, you get my drift)
And next, a little ‘that’s sooo 2010’ moment – move over Ikat, there’s a new kid in town. If your opinion of tie-dye consists of painful memories of mixing up tubs of Dylon in the back garden and subsequently sporting oversized, multicoloured, always-slightly-off-centred circular t-shirt monstrosities in an attempt to get into grunge in the early 1990’s (shudder – flashback!) then prepare to be stylishly surprised.
Using the ancient Japanese dying techniques of Shibori, the ladies over at Honestly…WTF have done a spectacular DIY jobby on some leftover clothes and fabric, creating three iconic looks using Arashi, Kumo and Itajime techniques. I have a sudden and desperate urge to buy some crisp white bedding, a tin of indigo dye and a large bottle of bleach (for the aftermath) and get crafty with some garden stones and leftover piping. Or whip up a batch of cushion covers, which I could team with a mustard-hued pom-pom trim. Ooooohhh!!