The image is supposed to be misregistered, to suggest a mirage, so this is actually a mistake. However it makes no sense. The lions are inspired by a passage from the old man and the sea by hemingway that sticks with me. I am trying to add a freer line to my drawing, because normally everything is quite controlled, but I really like the idea of contrasting areas of dense pattern and structure with more spontaneous loose observational drawing.
I have also received a strike off of my design that R Newbold/Paul Smith are using in their autumn/winter collection as a jacket lining. I have seen a sneak preview of the jacket, and I'm really impressed with the designer's application of my work, its been great working with them.
A really good friend of mine recently suggested that my recent pattern work would lend itself well to the process of weaving, and so I have been spending a great deal time researching and exploring this process. I made the leap to buy a loom and have since been getting to grips with weaving. Below are my first samplers, just exploring plain weave, float patterns and using multiple heddles (layers). It took me 5 hours straight to thread the warp the first time I used 2 heddles, so although its frustrating being a complete beginner at such a new process, I'm really enjoying learning, and experimenting.
Most of my time is currently being spent on personal work that I'm not showing on this blog, but if you would like to visit my studio and see what I'm working on, please get in touch. My studio is reached by a beautifully long quiet riverside cycle route where you almost won't feel the white noise of London.