Embroidered Excellence

I thought I’d share with you the latest addition to my inspiration board sitting proudly above my desk in my little work space:

It’s an embroidered piece of fabric I picked up a couple of weeks back at one of the tiny treasure troves amongst Camden Passage in Islington, for a couple of quid.

Although it may not be breathtakingly amazing in design, or particularly intricate, it were the colours that caught my eye and the possibilities of how far this traditional art practice could be extended.

Upon further research I discovered one London based textile designer who specialises in just that.

Laura Lees customises and collaborates with fashion designers to create quirky and beautifully embroidered garments that are so unique they transcend the notions of trend and craze. Once known as the graffiti embroiderer, she has established herself so firmly in the fashion world that some of her most recent collaborations include those with giants such as Topshop and Asos.

The popularity of Lauras work has prompted me to consider: Could this age old technique also be successfully applied to contemporary jewellery and accessories? Would you wear embroidered accessories?

If only there were more hours in the day.. and if I only I knew how to embroider!

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