[Hand-me-down denim customized and photographed by Violette Flint. Image courtesy HAND/EYE magazine, issue five.]
Until I read India Flint's contribution to HAND/EYE's special World Textiles issue, I'd not heard the saying, "Never throw away a piece of cloth small enough to wrap three beans." Apparently the expression has Japanese roots.
[Photo by Julie Hall. Image courtesy HAND/EYE magazine, issue five.]
In a way, the saying captures the essence of this issue because the focus is most definitely on respect for cloth and the hands that create it -- serious stitch appreciation, in short.
Designed to stimulate the senses, the magazine is available in traditional print but with its bold, highly detailed photography, even the online option seems tactile. Visually-oriented, creative folks may flip through the pages in the same way they would stroll through an art gallery simply seeking inspiration (as the late Kirk Varnedoe might say, just for the visual pleasure). That said, the articles certainly have a lot of heft, too.
[Image by Soie de Lune courtesy HAND/EYE magazine, issue five.]
This is HAND/EYE's fifth issue and it explores the work of contemporary artisans and designers on every continent. Examples include: Anou Thammavong's to-the-trade silk emporium, Soie de Lune, known for reviving old Lao luxury weaving techniques; L.A.-based Christina Kim's Dosa; and American-born and Japanese-trained indigo specialist/textile artist Rowland Ricketts, to name only three. Contributors are textile world luminaries such as Seema Krish.
[Photo credit Edward Addio and Marcella Echavarria. Image courtesy HAND/EYE magazine, issue five.]
If you're curious about the current state of handmade textiles, need to get your creative juices flowing, or hungry for good visual fare, this issue is worth a look. I hope these images, shared with permission from HAND/EYE, pique your interest.
[Images directly above and below from Rowland Ricketts courtesy HAND/EYE. Shown below is Ricketts's gradation dyeing of antique hemp mosquito netting.]
[Below, Christina Kim's shawl with applique dots of recycled fabrics photographed by Raymond Meier. Image courtesy HAND/EYE.]