This month Hawthorne & Heaney have been continuing our collaborations with a new designer Claire Barrow and established knitwear designers Sibling.
Claire Barrow is a Graduate of Westminster University. We first met her last year and worked on her fully beaded paint embroidery for her graduate collection. Originally from Stockton-on-Tees, Barrow is now based in East London and may be best known for her customized leather jackets and dressing the likes of Rihanna. Since graduating Barrow has gone on to create an on-schedule collection with NewGen at London Fashion Week.
Barrow provided us with a painted pattern piece leaving it to us to choose simple stiches and basic embroidery techniques to convey the raw aesthetic of the concept in the finished piece.
Sibling is a London knitwear collective launched in 2008 and comprised of Cozette McCreedy, Sid Bryan and Joe Bates.
For their Sister by Sibling SS13 collection they asked us to create three-dimensional flowers from French Knotted fluorescent yarn, seed beads, sequins and bugle beads. These covered a black knit body, swim cap and a raffia edged crop top.
We have enjoyed working with these two young lables who have an understanding and respect for embellishment yet an uncompromising attitude to utilizing its techniques achieve their contemporary vision and concepts.
Claire Barrett is an embroidery designer who has been working in the embroidery industry for six years. A former Creative Director at Hand & Lock, Claire runs Hawthorne & Heaney, dealing with celebrity clients such as Kanye West and high profile companies such as Henry Poole & Company Savile Row tailors. Claire is passionate about making embroidery accessible to everyone by offering sponsorships to young designers and even running the London Embroidery School to teach beginners classes to those who are interested in getting a taste of what embroidery has to offer.