KARA CHAMBERS www.devonhandmaid.com A Place Within the Mystery… My passion lies in noticing, experiencing and recording a moment held within the natural world in (on) which we all depend. My work is mainly intuitive, drawing directly from time spent in my local countryside of Devon. I start each piece by making rough sketches to ‘capture’ a moment, sense or feeling. I journal extensively to gain a further sense and knowledge of the animals and plants that I am representing in stitch. The main body of each piece is constructed from carefully chosen preloved textiles, which I colour using both procion and natural dyes. These are then hand printed and/or painted and pieced together using a variety of hand stitches. I also often incorporate natural finds and meaningful text within my work creating a mixed media collage whilst rescuing old embroideries and hand stitching them using broderie perse appliqué into the landscape in the belief that this honours the original embroiderer and enhances the story of each piece. Facebook: Devon Handmaid
The Hidden This late Spring textile was my first landscape, although the Hare had travelled with me for a number of years before breaking free. I have learned so much about how to dye and make marks on fabric, using recycled materials where possible. I enjoy the process of collaging, and have discovered that I prefer the art of slow hand stitching. I also enjoy creating a story depicting my local landscape, while celebrating the work of other embroiderers using Broderie Perse appliqué. I was drawn to both patchwork and quilting and embroidery approximately 10 years ago. I went to an exhibition of both and couldn’t decide which one I liked most. 10 years on I started my with journey of quilting and am now exploring embroidery.
Rapture lookbook. She is fearless & sophisticated. She dares to wear bold prints with bright hues of lemon, red & blue. She loves to be raptured by the beauty in everything she sees and wears her heart on her sleeve.
The stunning custom-made fireplace and over mantel create an elegant focal point in the living room and are flanked with a pair of matching white bookcases. Read more on page 80.
Inside the December issue, we have the latest from the world of interior design. John Demsey, the cosmetics kingpin, opens the doors to his debonair and exhuberant New York townhouse. Thomas Messel, a renowned furniture designer, has carefully adapted his quintessential English manor to accommodate his family and provide the perfect setting for his art and antiques. A derelict barn is turned into a beautiful £2m Swiss Chalet. A Virginia Design Project provides the perfect backdrop for vintage furnishings. A review of Tim Gosling’s brand new book, ‘Classic Contemporary, the DNA of furniture design’. Brent Cooper, from Simon Horn, gives advice on choosing a feature bed and Joanna Bibby, from Ochre, talks about the lure of leather. Also included is the brand new Ana Barreto catalogue, a company who has been creating exceptional furniture and interiors for over twenty years.
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Journey to an idealistic society, a city of incredible colors captured only in dreams, a place that is filled with vibrancy and ignites our deepest longings and hopes. Your imagination will be inspired as you travel through the enchanting trees and coves. The colors will pop off the fabric as it takes you to this magical land.
A colorful celebration of the 59 US National Parks, this collection of 177 original art quilts depicts the widely varying landscapes, flora,and fauna of the parks. Basic facts about each of these national treasures from Acadia in Maine, to Voyageurs in Minnesota, to Yosemite in California, to Haleakal in Hawaii are included, along with short writings from 64 park rangers and other personnel. The book reveals individual glimpses into the passionate commitment to preserve, protect, and enjoy these special places.