We admit its been a little while since we gave you an update on what we ve been up in the Hawthorne & Heaney studio, but it s all been very exciting. Now we can show you some of the beautiful things we have been involved in creating as we have been working with renowned artist, Carne Griffiths. Originally from Liverpool, Carne himself has a bit of history in the embroidery world as he worked as a gold wire embroidery designer before establishing his own artists studio in 2010. Since then Griffiths has been exhibiting across the UK and beyond with Frankfurt, New York and Hong Kong to name but a few.
Some of you who are familiar with our work may already have seen a few sneaky pics as he has started to introduce embroidery into his work which usually is created with a combination of unusual mediums. Inks, graphite and tea feature quite predominantly throughout his work with the addition of rubber stamps, diamond dust, alcohol and now, embroidery. We are delighted to be part of such a contemporary meeting of art and embroidery as Griffiths is achieving in pieces such as Greed . The integration of the stitched into the overall movement of the piece is very subtle and only on close inspection do you get to appreciate the intricacies of both the line and the thread. Within the dream like nature his work the light relief created by the stitches sits comfortably against his other introductions of texture such as that if the diamond dust and gold leaf. Here is one of the pieces in all its glory, see it now in person at The Unit, Covent Garden.
Carne Griffiths also has some other works in collaboration with Marlow guitars which are on display at The West London Art Factory. The natural movement of the lines has a lyrical quality which works so well with the fluid curves of the guitar. This is not the first exciting collaboration that Griffiths has been part of as he has also worked with the photographer Rankin for a shoot in Hunger Magazine and creating edible art by working on eggs for Michelin Star Chef Nicola Batavia.
All this can only leave us wondering what to expect from Griffiths next.
Natasha S-P, H&H Team Member
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.