After the success of James Long, PPQ and Sophie Hulme this season, it apparently still is the season for Gold work. Hawthorne & Heaney has been asked to design gold work embroidery for Patrick Wolf and a select few of his musicians for a performance this coming Thursday at Shoreditch Studios. Patrick is a contemporary artist whose music is classed within the genres of Folktronica, Alternative Rock and also happens to be one of my favorite artists from my youth which I wholly credit to his incredible album Lycanthropy.
The performance is music specially composed for an off schedule fashion show for the designer Lee Paton. Paton’s collection is heavily influenced by the experience he has had during his training on Savile Row and time spent at Alexander McQueen, which makes him our ideal customer! Hawthorne & Heaney worked closely with Paton and his team to create the contemporary visuals inspired by Patrick Wolf’s new material.
The gold work was originally inspired by an incredible sample held in the studio. The Privy Councilors Coat kindly donated by Keith Levett, manager of the livery department and head of ceremonial tailoring at Savile Row tailor, Henry & Poole, photos of which you can see below.
Our embroiderers have used smooth, rough and bright check purl along with ‘extra pearle purl’ and to create the contemporary motifs and military florals. The raisings of card and bump produce the variety of textures used in the sample whereas the motifs bring the cuff and collar embroidery right up to date.
If any of you would like try out this technique for yourselves it has recently been added to the classes at the London Embroidery School where you can give it a go under the watchful eye of their RSN trained embroidery tutors.
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.