Anne Roselt, Plascon Colour Manager
If you are looking for something unique, authentic, artistic and beautiful, then you will be totally inspired by the new book by Karen Nicol called Embellished New Vintage.
London-based Karen Nicol is an embroidery and mixed media textile artist working in gallery, fashion and interiors. She specialises in Irish, Cornelly, Multihead, beading and hand embroidery.
The book showcases a selection of techniques and materials, including vintage ribbons, melted sequins, lace and other items to create pieces of art that are so beautiful, authentic and unexpected. It is a wonderful showcase of how vintage pieces can be given a new look with contemporary decoration.
Here are a few examples of the techniques featured in the book Embellished New Vintage:
EMBELLISHED NEW VINTAGE: SEQUINS AND BEADS
Karen has worked in collaboration with many fashion designers, including Clements Ribeiro, Tracy Mulligan, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Vera Wang, John Rocha, Matthew Williamson and Chanel couture, to name a few.
EMBELLISHED NEW VINTAGE: ART INSTALLATIONS
This art piece was one of the pieces featured in an oceanography exhibition in Santa Fe, funded by Shell UK.
EMBELLISHED NEW VINTAGE: TUFTS
This long-legged flying mouse is embroidered with layers of fringing in viscose sewing thread. The wings are embroidered glass organza.
The gold is Irish satin stich foiled with gold. The tufted body is made from hand-dyed ribbon that is cut and frayed.
EMBELLISHED NEW VINTAGE: FOLDOVER
A technique using different materials like torn strips of fabric, folded and stitched.
Beautiful and colourful shapes sewn onto lace.
EMBELLISHED NEW VINTAGE: FAGOTTING
One of my favourite sections in the book is the one on Fagotting. This is a technique where two pieces of fabric are joined with a gap between them. Layers of torn chiffon and braids were pinned in place and then stitched using thick crochet thread.
EMBELLISHED NEW VINTAGE: UPCYCLING
Vintage purses are given a new lease on life with some textile embellishment.
For more information on the book and the techniques above, go to: www.karennicol.com
Funny how when something grabs your attention you see it popping up everywhere – saw this couch in Vogue Living. Looking forward to see more of this trend in décor.
And staying with beautiful embellishment, if you haven’t seen the latest Zuhair Murad Spring Summer 2013 collection, enjoy this wonderful video…