Crafting fun! – Japanese masking tape
19 Aug 2010
Printed Japanese masking tape is addictive – put it everywhere and use it for everything…In B&M Store (Inside Ashe) now you can get all sorts of different crafty tapes including patterned Japanese masking tape – come and check it out and see the other great products in the Ashe and B&M Stores.
Crafting – Macrame is back!
16 Aug 2010
My mum used to make the most amazing Macrame pieces I remember when I was a child she would be standing in front of her creations for hours knotting and weaving – and to my regret – these pieces are now lost. Somehow they lost their value and were thrown out or given away – what I would give to have them in my collection now!
Macrame is believed to have originated with 13th-century Arab weavers. These artisans knotted the excess thread and yarn along the edges of hand-loomed fabrics into decorative fringes on bath towels, shawls, and veils. From here it spread through Europe and was extremely popular in Victorian times.
Macrame jewelry, clothing and wall hangings became popular again in the early 1970’s only to quickly drop out of fashion…it’s back again…but for how long???
The return of Craft!
12 Aug 2010
Craft! No longer a daggy topic! Young people all over the world are jumping into this fun and fabulous practice! From Knitting to crochet, to felting and macrame…all that was old-fashioned is new again as contemporary designers embrace bespoke beauty and add their own technological twists…From mass produced designer tables that look like crochet, to hand rendered pottery vases, hand stitched felt toys and appliquéd quilts…These are just some of the items that are currently completely in vogue in Interior design circles…such an interesting development for me to see…
“Atmosphere” Exhibition for Ashe Coming soon…
09 Aug 2010
Ashe is pleased to be part of “Atmosphere” an exhibition coming up as part of Perth Fashion Festival. It will be held at the historic Victoria Hall in Fremantle on Saturday September 11th.
Designers, including Love in Tokyo and Megan Salmon, will be displaying their creative interpretations of fashion / textiles and architecture in this beautifully airy setting.
An elegant afternoon launch party will be accompanied by the sweet sounds of the Ambrosia Ensemble’s Panforte Strings Trio and best of all – it’s free to the public!
See in store for more details or look out for more blogs and e-newsletters closer to the date.
This Ashe image gives a glimpse of my spring ideas!
Will Bradley (1868 – 1962) cont…
04 Aug 2010
Bradley experimented with type faces, layouts, book designs, posters, decorative illustrations and advertising – way before a computers or photocopiers were around….I think that’s what makes illustrators and graphic designers of the twentieth century so much more fascinating – the level of craftsmanship was extremely high quality and the execution always perfect despite the labourious hand work…love it!