|Images from ALV Textiles|
The last three years have been spent coming to terms with my darkest desires: I love a bit of art and craft. How shameful.
More to the point I love crafting with fabric, and have developed a real appreciation for excellent quality. There’s a particular heft that gives a deliciousness to nice fabric, so much that the only thing that can make up for actually cutting up a couple of metres is the shivery crispness of hearing sharp scissors snip through.
I’ve been inspired to look into printing my own fabric, and a recent Twitter conversation led me to the Cambridge-based, Australian-raised artist Shilo Engelbrecht. Based on a series of summer paintings, the textile collection was “an exercise in spontaneity” with an “emphasis on brush strokes and colour.”
I adore the wonderfully vibrant nature of the fabrics, and while the cost is a little beyond my purse, I think it’s exciting to see a visual artist’s approach to textiles. I picture myself drinking lemony cocktails, with a fresh spread of food out in the Australian summer heat. They’re just so evocative.