My own little stitched world at Maison

I wouldn’t blame you for thinking I had been squashed by a falling tree or swept away in a freak tidal wave up the Lynn of Lorn, but no, I have simply been swept away from my bloggericious routine by a barrage of other stuff!

Not least, preparation for a stunningly huge event in the world of interiors…Maison et Objet, held last week on the outskirts of Paris. This mammoth event is really a must see for interior designers and architects world-wide with eight vast halls packed with interior fancies of all shapes and sizes, appealing to every aesthetic whim from overt opulence to grunge. Fortunately, I was able to eek my lovely Yorick away from his work commitments to act as my chauffeur and on hand carpenter which also allowed me to take an hour or five out of my sentry duties to browse around the show. Alas, I did not have my camera with me so have no images for you, just lingering memories such as the bouncers at the entranceway of the vast and impenetrable Fendi Casa Booth. It’s a strange thing…when you start-up in business you are desperately trying to engage anyone with your work, smiling eagerly at whichever Tom, Dick or Harry happen upon your stand, but then super success blesses your business and you try to put off Tom and Dick whilst beckoning Harry. What’s all that about?

Anyhow, I’ve a few pics of my displayed work…most exciting were the five Kyoto Sliding Panels which I saw complete for the first time on the set up day before the show. Consequently I spent five days marvelling at the freshness of my own work, not having enough time for the novelty to wear off, which it inevitably does at some point, and being very immodest.

A view of the appliquéd panels.
And some detail

I was also showing three blinds and a few lamps and cushions. Most eye-catching was the back-lit wisteria blind:

Wisteria Blind
Appliqué and Cut outs offering interesting contrast and light play.

I was really pleased with the response. However it will take some time to accurately assess the success of the show. This was my poll volt into the world of commissions and out of the word of wholesale so rather than orders I have contacts, some of which could lead to very fruitful collaborations…or not, as the case may be!

Watch this space…

Making a wisteria cushion
and this cushion.
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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

5 replies on “A moment at Maison

  1. Hi Sarah! It’s so great to hear from you again, I’ve missed your posts. How cool that you got a spot in such a big market, your booth looks great. I love that sheer wisteria panel. Beautiful!

  2. Hi Sarah, your work is very inspiring, you are lucky to see the source of your materials – or maybe that was just for the wool. The design is stunning in its semplicity.

    I just wanted you to know that your work probably will make me decide to take up my jewellery making more seriously. I will at least enjoy it more.

    Ciao, Marzia ( italian in the german Ruhr)

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