Consider the surfaces available for art and ornament in a living room, for instance. Joanna Wright’s “picture cushions” are a continuation of her still-life painting and print-making. A love of textiles and stitching, added to a feeling that textiles should not be framed and hung on a wall but should be used, led to Joanna’s cushions. Each one a carefully considered artwork, just not wall-mounted.
“ In all my work I enjoy the process of layering and overlapping areas of colour and pattern. Inspiration comes from favourite things: plants, flowers, birds, and especially my large ceramic collection ranging from nineteenth century teawares to 1950s pots. I have boxes full of bits of fabric acquired over many years. I collect remnants from shops, antique fairs and markets, bits of vintage clothing, scraps of embroidery and lace. Some of the pieces of fabric are ones I have screen printed. I also collect buttons, threads and ribbons by rummaging round in old fashioned haberdashery shops when on holiday abroad”, explains Joanna.
When embarking on a cushion she selects fabrics, cuts out pieces and plays around, repositioning them until the design is balanced. She begins the appliqué process by tacking the pieces down. The cushions are then hand stitched with running stitch, blanket stitch, seeding and feather stitch and quilting before finally embellishing with buttons and beads.
Joanna trained at Wimbledon College of Art and has worked as an art teacher.
Her cushions are on display at Tinsmiths for the whole of July. Here are a few examples.
We’d like to thank customers who send us a picture of their creations in situ. Curtains, blinds, cushions, PE bags, aprons, bed covers even summer dresses or beach bags – we really enjoy seeing the end results and these are very useful illustrations for other customers trying to choose between options.
Above: Curtains in Pomegranate Linen Union (bespoke from Tinsmiths Sewing Room by mail order), seat cushion in Ticking I Sage, Square cushions in Dandelion 2 by Angie Lewin courtesy of Sue Gavin. Thank you Sue.
Please carry on sending in your pictures.
Just look at these beautiful colours, rich textures and fabulous motifs. All hand sewn from Uzbekistan and made here into generous cushions and bedcovers – size and shape all varying according to embroiderer. Keep an eye on our website for new arrivals, heres a link http://www.tinsmiths.co.uk/E-cushions.shtml#30
Tinsmiths new Made to Measure site.
Tinsmiths have always had a dedicated group of curtain-makers quietly working away in the sewing room above the showroom in Tinsmiths Alley. The seamstresses enjoy their privacy and shop visitors are often surprised to learn of the sewing room. We thought, without disturbing their peace, it is high time to make more of their services and expertise. Firstly we made a nice poster about the sewing room to pin up in the shop. Then, for customers who live too far afield to visit, we have made a new website - tinsmiths-made-to-measure.co.uk.
Hopefully you’ll be able to get a pretty good idea of what is involved in ordering handmade curtains, roller or roman blinds from this site and if want a personal estimate or have queries about other bespoke items like cushions or bedcovers, we’ve made a form to fill in on the contact page.