My journey into creative art was rekindled when I made a trip to a textile museum in Italy which exhibited historic and contemporary textiles and outfits worn over centuries gone by. I was drawn to the different stages of fabric making and how this had evolved over time. Viewing the museum’s vast selection of private archives triggered a desire in me to create my own motifs.
The visit also evoked a nostalgic memory as a little girl playing in my Nan’s cotton fields. I watched her pick cotton, clean it and then spin the ‘white fluff’ into thread using traditional wooden spinning wheel. She would then dye this yarn into a profusion of colours and weave into mats or blankets to adorn her home. It was such a natural course of events once harvesting was done and the long evenings meant women could sit around gossiping and weaving. I just loved the strong bond these women had. Growing up, my mother had built a reputation for dying silks and I learnt from her the art of mixing colours to dye fabric. I believe a lot of my natural artistic ability can be contributed to the creative women who surrounded me while growing up.
I love working with natural fibres especially silk and take pride in designing my motifs onto this luxurious fabric. I source my inspiration from my surroundings, may it be from my travels or an experience. My designs are a reflection of what I feel and what I see in nature’s beauty that surrounds me. Sometimes it’s a fleeting moment of beauty which I will keep in my mind’s eye and channel this into the creative process of my design. Other times, I allow a free flow of the design while the world is still in slumberland. I take this quiet time as a valued moment when creating my designs and I especially enjoy watching art unfold before my eyes during these hours. I also carefully select the colours to bring art to life, as I believe colours can influence how we feel. The art of teaming pieces together into a complete outfit, may it be with a scarf or a pocket square can bring one’s personality to full play. You will radiate confidence to those around you making others feel good.
I hope you will enjoy wearing my pieces as your special signature piece as much as I have enjoyed making them.
Love and peace.