Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Inspiring Textiles of Robert Kime

The beautiful textiles of Robert Kime have inspired countless numbers with their rich colors and textures and their homage to historic inspiration.

One of my favorite things to do is take something wonderful, such as his Suzani inspired textile “Susani“ and embellishing it, thus taking it to a different level of impact. I do this by sometimes simply outlining the design with cording and/or chain-stitch or even cutting the pattern out and appliquéing it to a new surface – and even providing additional relief by using the effects of trapunto in areas for an additional touch.

The term embellishment surely fits with this kind of work, whether it be with embroidery, beads or appliqué has added much to our wardrobes, our homes and gives us a sense of self expression and personalizing. When working with the fabrics of someone like Mr. Kime, this effort is extremely satisfying. These fabrics are available for viewing in Los Angeles at Hollyhock.

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