Inspired by Spitalfields’ place at the heart of textile design in the past, Town House has
brought together three contemporary designers and makers for this year’s Shoreditch Design
Triangle. Each of them uses a different medium, but they are all re-interpreting textile
pattern, use and design in their work, to stunning effect.
Mary Norden takes the Japanese tradition of repairing and reusing textiles and re-works
pieces of vintage fabric by patching and stitching them together to create stunningly bold
abstract images. The layers of fabric and stitching she creates are matched by the layers of
history of the individual fabrics and each piece is accompanied by a brief narrative of all the
fabrics used, including their age and original use.
Janet Tristram and Cameron Short also work with fabric and are the artist craftsmen behind
Bonfield Block-Printers in Dorset. Every piece, whether it’s a coat, print or textile design is
imbued with an idea stemming from their love of the sea, rural life and folklore. For their
beautiful coats they use ideas from historical clothing and costume, but combine this with a
strong narrative and visual element in the printed linings. Their fabrics combine the rhythms
of natural and rural life with the repetition that is the essence of printed textiles.
Layers of narrative are also a strong element in Katrin Moye’s ceramics and for Edit 19
Town House has commissioned a collection of her work using Spitalfields’ silk designs as
the inspiration for their surface decoration. Katrin is attracted to the sinuous leaves, flora and
decorative elements which are a core part of the Spitalfields silk weavers’ designs and she
echoes the hand of the maker that is ever present in all of these pre-machine age pieces, using
a dark chocolate-brown, earthenware body which then has a thin, white slip poured over it
from a jug to make the ground for hand painted decorations. The slip has a way of dripping
and pooling, hiding and revealing the dark clay underneath which makes a lively, contrasting surface for the delicate painted decoration.
Patch, Pot, Print opens 11am Tuesday 17th September and runs to 5pm Sunday 29th September.
Late night opening Tuesday 17th September until 8.30pm