Butterfly Strip

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how my work is constantly evolving, changing morphing in form and colour in to a related but kind of different version of it’s parent .

I used to and still sometimes do feel as though the work shouldn’t. As though the perfect design would not need to change due to it’s utter brilliance in every respect. But then I think…well, everything is representative of a moment in time and time is constantly moving and changing as do we, so our perspective changes with it. Atleast mine does. My designs keep morphing and moving just as a caterpillar morphs in to a moth or butterfly but who could say the butterfly is a better creature than the caterpillar.

Case in point: Mogwaii Butterfly design(s)

My first memories of butterflies were chasing them in the long bog grasses next to our cottage on hot, summer afternoons. I remember reading Papillon as a teenager and equating the butterfly with unadulterated freedom and indipendence and sneeking off to a tatoo parlour to be tattooed with a blue butterfly I had found a picture of in a wild butterfly book. Then, a year after the conception of Mogwaii and a side swerve away from the bold designs of Mogwaii’s first collection I introduced the delicate butterfly.

I remember being so excited with the idea of something so delicate and almost ethereal emerging via felt…felt! So solid, so grounded, so robust. I loved this juxtaposition, still do!


So here’s one of the first styles of butterfly cushions with the butterfly print on the upper side. I felt compelled to introduce a strong verticle line, almost like a barrier or boundary, as though the butterfly was to a certain extent hindered, trapped.


Butterflies started to appear on lamps.

I remember sketching moths round the lights in Brazil. I’d pick them up in the morning, the ones that had died, and take them back to my bedroom to draw. Ze, the Brazilian taxi man was horrified, the belief being that you will go blind if you touch a moth. Hmmm!


Here’s a blast from the past. Butterflythrow and cushion in a very fine felt, which I don’t use now. this felt had viscose content and would pill and it started to bug me after a while.

Then I started to want the butterfly markings to be on the underside of the felt, somehow I felt they were too twee and I wanted them plain and drained of colour hence the black and white underside.Oat butterfly blind

Then the half butterflies trapped in the seems and without colour apart from a couple of small splashes. The Sofa workshop bought a lot of this style of cushion. My friend, Margo Selby says she can tell I went to Goldsmiths coming out with all that conceptual tripe! Well, I think it’s quite interesting even if it is of no interest whatsoever to the end user, or is it…you tell me?


An then…came the butterfly strip which I am completely in love with at the moment.

Butterfly Strip Detail

A whole army of butterflies now, crammed in, no space for manoeuvre.

I bet the psychologists among you are having a hay day!!

I think I better stop before I give too much away.

See you soon


Posted by:mogwaii

Born: 13th March 1969 in Edinburgh Star sign: Pisces Where do I live? An beautiful island called Lismore Who with? I live with my gorgeous man - Yorick, and my beautiful boys Ruben (currently 14) and Tom (10) and we also have cat poppy, cat Bashy and cat Spyro. What do I do there? Water veggies in the polytunnel, loads of mopping up, picking up clothes, cooking and washing dishes. The rest of the time I'm in a blissfull state in my studio making things out of wool and designing the next must have (in my head!) and a lot of cycling to and fro My favourite Books: Right now...empowerment books like "The power of now" and "The Secret", but also John Fowles "The Magus" and "The kite runner" and I love the "Tao of Poo" My Favourite films: Babettes feast, Wings of desire and The colour of Pomegranites. My favourite music: Bach cello suites for designing, Dolly parton for making (especially her album Little Sparrow), Teddy Thompson and loads of other stuff! What did I do before moving to Lismore? * Went to school in Edinburgh (South Morningside primary then St. Mary's music school and then George Watson's) * Went to Brazil for a year, fell in love, learnt Portuguese and spun a lot of wool * Studied foundation in visual arts in Manchester poly and then went on to study BA Hons in textiles at Goldsmith's college * Made felt hats, sold them at Camden market and then eventualy Liberties and had Ruben in the midst of it all - moved to Pathhead * Tom came along and I stopped making hats. sung lots of Jazz, taught Brazilian and samba singing, recorded an album and started singing with La Boum * Tom went to school and I set up Mogwaii * Moved here in 2006 There you go!! xx Sarah (from left) Ruben, me and Tom (from left) Ruben, me and Tom

3 replies on “Mogwaii Morphosis

  1. I love your work! Came here by way of Fieltromanía who I keep up with when I can! My friend hates felt…but I think it can look so elegant if done just right….like you do it!

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