Pillow sham with natural frayed edges and concealed zip. The front of this pillow sham 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 'Birds & Bees' 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.
The Birds and Bees combines imagery of swallows and honey bees artfully skirting around central spines of brambles and apple branches bearing fruit. These visual references are emblematic of the art of relationships and the careful negotiation required to maintain the equilibrium of both the physical and emotional side of shared lives.
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.
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