Here’s a sneak peak at a prototype poncho in corded red mercerised cotton. It hangs beautifully because there’s a satisying weight to it. It will be a very special garment, for day or evening. A little bit of edging and it will be complete.
What is luxury? I think it’s something made with great care and love, by hand.
HOOK CROCHET is Jenny Caron Hall’s new company, for crochet bedspreads, baby blankets, wall hangings and elegant contemporary garments. They’re made entirely by hand using traditional crochet stitches to contemporary design.
Crochet is one of the oldest art forms, and can be traced back to ‘Nålbinding’. The oldest known textile fragment of Nålbinding dating from c. 6500 BCE was found in Nehal Hemar cave, Israel. Another from the Ertebølle period c. 4200 BCE was found in ‘Tybrind Vig’, a Mesolithic fishing village in Denmark.
I have been away some time! Exploring something new: the art of Crochet.
I’m incredibly inspired! Particularly by vintage work called Uncinetto, or Croché, traditionally done across Europe, South America and Mexico. I love Filet Crochet, and everything done in cotton particularly in white. Here are some samples in cotton and wool.
This iPad picture began as a man on a porch playing guitar in a hat. As I drew, it transformed and morphed and ended as a Parisian lady in a sitting room, under the same hat. The chair has a loose cover made of linen. Like in the film ‘The Yellow Rolls-Royce”, the hat remained the same as the owners changed. It’s like a small domestic story of metamorphosis.
This is an iPad drawing done on a rainy summer’s day in London…
There are always elements in drawings that come up through the subconscious. I tell myself I must stand by them even though they might puzzle me. Sometimes it takes weeks or months to understand what I’ve drawn.
This is work in progress -from a group of boys by the beach in California, way back. iPad drawing. I drew this on 31st January – in the ancient Celtic Calandar that’s Imbolc – when Brigid the goddess of fire is recovering from giving birth to a young boy God. That’s a very old way of saying it’s the beginning of Spring.
I painted this on my computer and had it digitally printed with additional glazes. There are cameo portraits and a seal inserted too.
It’s the story of how the Hydrangea plant came to Britain, and its medicinal properties first discovered by the Cherokee. Near the bottom is the Hippocratic seal- which accompanies the Hippocratic oath of around 500 BCE, still in use today: “First do no harm…”
There’s information about Peter Collinson of Pekham who imported rare plants in the C18th HERE