Research: Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection 2014

Research: Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection 2014

The Campaign for Wool was initiated in 2010 by HRH The Prince of Wales. It is a powerful global campaign that unites the whole industry from the sheep farmer through spinner, manufacturer to the retailer'[1]The Campaign for Wool (2014) The campaign for wool interiors collection [Online] Available from: http://www.campaignforwool.org/news-item/the-campaign-for-wool-interiors-collection/ [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].. It promotes the use of wool for it’s many qualities; natural, renewable, biodegradable, natural insulator, breathable, resilient and elastic, trans-seasonal, easy care, odour resistant and a safe solution[2]The Campaign for Wool (2014) About wool [Online] Available from: http://www.campaignforwool.org/about-wool/ [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].. Wool Week is held once a year and aims to educate and inspire consumers by showcasing the versatility and qualities of this natural material.

As a fashion knitwear designer I have worked with a wide variety of yarns from synthetic to natural, but my favourite has always been wool. I love the handfeel, especially when working with luxury wools, such as cashmere and baby alpaca, but lambswool and other more affordable wools have great properties too. Since I am interested in transitioning from fashion to interiors, during Wool Week I went to the Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection in London, to see how textile designers are currently working with wool for home products.


Tapestry of Tirra Lirra by Gillian Ayres (Weftfaced)

Tapestry by Caron Penney (Weftfaced) based on the painting Tirra Lirra by Gillian Ayres Tapestry by Caron Penney (Weftfaced) based on painting of Tirra Lirra by Gillian Ayres: photos taken by Kate Mawby on 9 Oct 2014 at Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection, London.

WEFTFACED[3]Weftfaced (2014) Weftfaced [Online] Available from: http://www.weftfaced.com/ [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].: Caron Penney is a Master Weaver and the founder of Weftfaced, ‘a textile based enterprise supporting and promoting the art of textiles and hand-made tapestry weaving'[4]Weftfaced (2014) About us [Online] Available from: http://www.weftfaced.com/#!about-us/cb3i [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].. She was a speaker at a ‘Meet the Maker'[5]Penney, C. (2014) Meet the maker: wool weaving art. Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection. London. 9 Oct 2014 talk where she shared her experience of translating artists work into tapestry. Her interpretation of the Tirra Lirra by Gillan Ayres was on display and it was incredible to see it up close. I was most impressed by her use of colour and how she successfully captured the painterly effect and brush strokes. Rather than using a solid colour, which would have flattened the appearance, she used multiple ends of yarn in different shades of colour. This creates a mixed colour effect which adds depth and more closely represents the painting. She dyes all of her own colours which allows her to achieve exactly what she wants. Tapestry weaving adds texture that didn’t exist in the original painting. I would like to find a way to interpret my own paintings and drawings into textural textiles.


Simple Shades by Naomi Paul

Simple Shades by Naomi Paul Simple Shades by Naomi Paul: photos taken by Kate Mawby on 9 Oct 2014 at Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection, London.

NAOMI PAUL[6]Paul, N. (2014) Naomi Paul [Online] Available from: http://naomipaul.co.uk [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].: Lighting design  is a product area I am excited about, as I feel it allows for a lot of creative freedom in 3-dimensional form and it easily lends itself to a variety of materials. I’m interested in combining knitted textiles with more structural materials, such as metal with wool. Naomi Paul uses this combination very well in her sculptural lighting designs. The pieces on display at the Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection were hand crocheted in Shetland and Aran British wool in natural gradating colours. They were hung from the ceiling by a copper tube and frame[7]Paul, N. (2014) Wool week: interiors collection [Online] Available from: http://naomipaul.co.uk/wool-week-interiors-collection/#4 [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].. I particularly liked the colour combination and material variation of the copper metal with different shades of grey wool.

‘Noami’s approach to design is founded upon the basis of creating objects and textiles that serve a purpose and do this through good design and skilled craftsmanship'[8]Paul, N. (2014) Naomi Paul: contact [Online] Available from: http://naomipaul.co.uk/contact/ [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].. This resonates with me and I also like that she designs for longevity with a simplistic style. Sustainability is integral to her development process, with consideration of materials, construction techniques, delivery, packaging and end of life consideration.


Colourfield sofa by Ptolemy Mann and Rugmaker

Colourfield sofa by Ptolemy Mann and Rugmaker: photo taken by Kate Mawby on 9 Oct 2014 at Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection, London.

PTOLEMY MANN[9]Mann, P. (2014) Ptolemy Mann [Online] Available from: http://www.ptolemymann.com/ [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].: Ikat is a dyeing and weaving technique that creates a blurred colour effect, as shown in this sofa by Ptolemy Mann. In simple terms, the yarn is tie-dyed before being woven, this causes an uneven colour variation. I really like the subtle blending with this technique, as it gives it a painterly effect, making bold patterns and colours softer and less harsh. I have been thinking about how this could be translated into knitted fabrics, either via space dyed yarns, or by using several ends of yarn in different colours, as in Caron Penney’s tapestry weaving. In my previous work I have blended colours by using a weaving-in technique, where a yarn in a different colour is woven into the knitted fabric as it is being constructed.


Folklore fabric by Kit Kemp for Christopher Farr Cloth (chair courtesy of Firmdale Hotels)

Folklore fabric by Kit Kemp for Christopher Farr Cloth Folklore fabric by Kit Kemp for Christopher Farr Cloth (chair courtesy of Firmdale Hotels): photos taken by Kate Mawby on 9 Oct 2014 at Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection, London

KIT KEMP[10]Firmdale Hotels (2014) Kit Kemp collections [Online] https://www.firmdalehotels.com/b/kit-kemp-collections/)[Accessed 25 Oct 2014]. for CHRISTOPHER FARR[11]Christopher Farr (2014) Christopher Farr Cloth [Online] Available from: http://christopherfarrcloth.com/ [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].: Kit Kemp is an Interior Designer and Design Director at Firmdale Hotels; she collaborated with Christopher Farr Cloth to produce this embroidered folklore fabric. I’m interested in digital embroidery, because I like the aesthetic of detailed patterns with texture. In this design I like how the grey background allows the colours to pop and the geometric pattern has an organic feel to it.

References   [ + ]

1. The Campaign for Wool (2014) The campaign for wool interiors collection [Online] Available from: http://www.campaignforwool.org/news-item/the-campaign-for-wool-interiors-collection/ [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].
2. The Campaign for Wool (2014) About wool [Online] Available from: http://www.campaignforwool.org/about-wool/ [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].
3. Weftfaced (2014) Weftfaced [Online] Available from: http://www.weftfaced.com/ [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].
4. Weftfaced (2014) About us [Online] Available from: http://www.weftfaced.com/#!about-us/cb3i [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].
5. Penney, C. (2014) Meet the maker: wool weaving art. Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection. London. 9 Oct 2014
6. Paul, N. (2014) Naomi Paul [Online] Available from: http://naomipaul.co.uk [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].
7. Paul, N. (2014) Wool week: interiors collection [Online] Available from: http://naomipaul.co.uk/wool-week-interiors-collection/#4 [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].
8. Paul, N. (2014) Naomi Paul: contact [Online] Available from: http://naomipaul.co.uk/contact/ [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].
9. Mann, P. (2014) Ptolemy Mann [Online] Available from: http://www.ptolemymann.com/ [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].
10. Firmdale Hotels (2014) Kit Kemp collections [Online] https://www.firmdalehotels.com/b/kit-kemp-collections/)[Accessed 25 Oct 2014].
11. Christopher Farr (2014) Christopher Farr Cloth [Online] Available from: http://christopherfarrcloth.com/ [Accessed 25 Oct 2014].

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