Posted on September 1, 2014
This summer, we decided to put a deeper focus on textile design. We experimented across fabrics, techniques and dyes. A few of the pieces we’ve included here show the wide range of things we played around with, but by no means represent a collection. Here, we focus on our pillow designs and subsequent posts will show other bedding pieces and scarves.
Fabrics: we found linen to be heavier, have a better drape and be all around more substantive than cotton for pillows, so we used linen on many of our pillow designs
Techniques: most of our pillow designs were created by using immersion dyeing, direct printing, shibori (a Japanese term for several methods of resist-dyeing to make a pattern by binding, folding, twisting and compressing), stenciling, discharge application, traditional batik (wax resist) and/or block printing with stamps we made ourselves from found objects or foam
Dyes: we bought all of our textile dyes here in Berlin. They are: fiber-reactive dyes, discharge gel (which is like bleach), fabric paints and photo emulsion for textiles that develops in sunlight