A friend has commissioned me to adapt one of my short stories into a textile book as a gift for a close family friend of hers who also happens to be one of New Zealand's most celebrated fashion designers. The story 'C for Clothes' is from an alphabet collection that I've been chipping away at this year, and it begins with an account of the many dresses my mother used to sew for me when I was little.
I have to confess that I'm both excited and daunted by the prospect of transforming the text into a textile book, so although the piece doesn't need to be ready until Christmas, I thought I'd make a start gathering ideas and inspiration, and trying out a few prototypes until I hit upon the right design.
Here are some of the kinds of things that might feed into the cloth book project:
These elegant paper clothes designed by Benjamin Kempton to showcase a variety of new wallpapers are another inspiration. They also come from The World of Interiors (October 2005).
Textile designs by Sonia Delauney (1885-1979). From the book Colour Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delauney (Smithsonian and Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2011).
Have a great week!