The front of this cushion is made with fabric that is hand-dyed with natural indigo, using the ancient resist paste technique from Eastern China known as Lan Yin Hua Bu. Each pattern is created from a hand cut template, which is placed on the natural cotton fabric and covered with a lime and soy bean paste. After the dyeing and drying process, this paste is scraped off to reveal the beautiful pattern.
Artist Collaboration: Alexandra McKenzie 'Coffee, Tea or Me?' Pattern
Sex is a collection of individual prints following in the tradition of textiles as a medium to tell stories about human relationships, life’s fortunes and rituals through symbolism. ‘Birds and Bees’ and ‘Coffee, Tea or Me?’ explore themes relating to encounters between lovers and the interplay between the positive and negative that makes connections with those we love both joyful and challenging.
'Coffee, Tea or Me?' is said to be an old pick-up line used by flight attendants serving refreshments to onboard passengers. Used in this context, the question of which refreshment is most appealing is spelled out visually through the playful ménage à trois of botanical references – the leaves of the rubber plant combined with coffee beans and the tea plant. Reading between the lines of these visual cues, the print provides the backdrop or setting for a liaison, be that in the bedroom or at the dining table…the choice is yours.
Whilst at first the prints appear to be part of a familiar visual narrative and established textile tradition, the underlying symbolism cleverly weaves a different story. These collections reflect the central themes running throughout Alex’s work through her depiction of nature as a wider statement about our lives as human beings, our interactions with each other and the world we live in.
- cushion cover: front 100% hand printed cotton, back 100% cotton or linen
- cushion pad: duck down
- dimensions: 50 x 50 cm
- hand wash cold water, gentle detergent
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