Fuselage brand has new items in stock

Dear readers, boys and girls,

It’s been a long time since I have created new pieces for my artistic brand Fuselage, so I am delighted to have some new items in stock!

A few new colourful scarves in various formats have arrived in my Etsy shop, as well as two bright large throws for armchairs or small sofas. As usual, most of the square scarves are made of 100% silk but for the new large airy ones, I have experimented with a silk and viscose mix. The home decoration throws are thick and sturdy as well as stretchy, because if you move around while sitting on them, they will give and not rip. ūüėõ

Check them out and let me know if you like them or if you are considering buying a gift for a loved-one!

Olga

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A reversible business suit from the Saint Martins Days

This post is a blast from the past when I was a student at Central Saint Martins in London! In 2004, my wonderful and talented friend and fellow-student Fred (now head buyer at Layers London) created a capsule collection for the modern working woman.

Beautiful pattern on the inside of the jacket.

Beautiful pattern on the inside of the jacket.

 

His concept was to create immaculate tailoring, the sort of outfit one would wear to work in the office, with a hidden gem on the iside: All the garments would have speacial linings, features and prints which would make them suitable garments for a night out! The woman in Fred’s clothes would be able to use the same outfit for the day and night, looking fabulous on every occasion. All she’d have to do is reverse the outfit.

He asked me to model the clothes for him, so here you can see photos of me about 11 years ago! We did the photo shoot on the premises of the CSM building in Southampton row which has since closed down when CSM moved to a brand new campus. Enjoy the blast from the past (click on the images to enlarge) and feel free to leave your valuable comments! Olga xx

New additions to the “L’Art sur L’Echarpe” silk collection

Dear readers,

5 new scarves have been added to my collection of wearable art in the form of beautiful silk scarves. The collection, called “L’Art sur L’Echarpe” now features London’s BT Tower, Colibri birds, an Asian landscape and many others.

Have a look at the photos and feel free to look at prices and availability on Etsy.

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Which one is your favourite silk scarf?

Dear readers,

here is a brand new colection of silk scarves, which I have just added to my Etsy shop.

The new additions are two small and exquisite scarves: A painted Colibri bird, a “Bruno” scarf with vivid orange tones…..

and three large airy scarves which stem from a hand-carved lino plate-turned-print in pink, red and blue.

Which one is your favourite?

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Available here!

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Available here!

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Available here!

Junko Watanabe’s interactive textile designs reaching disabled children

Today, I would like to repost this report which recently appeared on NHK World (Japan) about Junko Watanabe and her cloth books. Not to be confused with the famous fashion designer Junya Watanabe, Junka has been using textile design in a way which reaches the youngest members of our society. Children with disabilities or difficulties have seen benefits from cloth books over the last 30 years.

Watanabe’s work reminded me of my “cut & paste project” which I came up with during my first year at Central St. Martins. The idea was to let children and adults take control of the final design by making interactive clothes. There were playful parts which could be removed and reattached, coloured with fabric markers. Here are a few images of the prototypes.

This t-shirt sends a message about pollution. You can manipulate the tree leaves. Put them up if they are healthy, push them down if your tree got too polluted.

This t-shirt sends a message about pollution. You can manipulate the tree leaves. Put them up if they are healthy, push them down if your tree got too polluted.

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This skirt prototype has velcro elements. You can change their position and customize the elements, for example with fabric crayons from pentel.

 

My professors were not very enthusiastic of my idea and wondered who would ever want to purchase this. However, over the last 10 years more and more interactive¬† design items have come onto the market! I am happy to see that more designers are thinking the same way.Back then I never considered that children with disabilities could be the end-consumers who’d benefit the most from such products.

Junko Watanabe’s interactive cloth books are not a commercial product but rather a humanistic gift. What an inspiring woman!

Please have a look at NHK’s story about Mrs Watanabe.

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NHK WORLD – Culture & Sports

Nov. 17, 2014

The Fabric of Education

A Japanese artisan has a unique take on the classic picture book. She crafts each one by hand from fabrics, adding a personal touch that seems to connect with readers. And now her creations are reaching children around the world. NHK WORLD’s Mikiko Suzuki has the story.

This is a classroom at a school for disabled children and their parents in Tokyo. Students with disabilities get the chance to experience something new here.

Junko Watanabe created the special books they are exploring. She has been making them for 35 years as a way to give disabled children opportunities to earn.

Watanabe uses felt, kimono material and other fabrics.

Details include embroidery… buttons…and string. Children can practice tying and untying, buttoning and unbuttoning while touching the books. These exercises can foster independence.

“Sometimes a mother calls me to let me know a cloth book inspired her child’s first words. That makes me so happy it brings tears to my eyes.”

Watanabe has assembled a group of volunteers who help make the books and donate them to libraries around Japan.

So far, the group has given more than 20 thousand books to around 500 libraries. This library in a Tokyo suburb has 300 of them.

Eiko Naito and her 8-year-old son Daisuke live nearby. Daisuke was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth.

When he was a year and a half old, he started coming to the library with his mother to borrow cloth books. A book introducing musical notes really caught his eye.

“We also borrow regular books. But he is really drawn to the cloth ones. If I bring a big bag of them home, he’ll say, ‘I want to see one of those!'”
Eiko Naito / mother

Now Daisuke can play the piano. It’s a simple song, but it requires both hands.

“The cloth books have broadened his world. He learned how to read from them. And he got interested in knowing more about the things around him.”
Eiko Naito / mother

It is tough for Daisuke to interpret the notes, move his fingers and listen to the music all at the same time, but he keeps trying.

Now Watanabe and her team are sending the cloth books to children around the world…especially those living in poverty or without access to education.

Some books were sent to an orphanage in Myanmar that takes care of 200 kids. Many had lost their parents in ethnic conflicts, or were abandoned due to poverty.

Other books were sent to students in Africa. They reflected cultural differences, like the way people there count with their fingers.

“People learn their own country’s language and think and act in that language. Just one cloth picture book is something people can explore and learn from. That’s why I want to pass them on to future generations around the world.”
Junko Watanabe

Watanabe believes all children, regardless of their circumstances, can learn something from her picture books. And she hopes this seed of an idea takes root around the world.

Berlin: fashion, caf√©s and sparrows + INLAND pop-up fashion store report

 

 BERLIN : THE CITIY OF CONTRASTS РOLD and NEW

Around Spittelmarkt

Around Spittelmarkt

 

Yes! I went to Berlin for a meeting and got to explore “Mitte”. What I found on Brunnenstra√üe was a very cool pop-up store called “INLAND” featuring Scandinavian fashion from Finland.

 

 

Inland shop front

 

Inland designs

 

 

Furthermore, there were reversible kiss-n-tell pillowcases …

Kiss n Tell Pillows

 

By some talented designers:

Some of the designers featured in INLAND

Some of the designers featured in INLAND

 

And a very amazing fridge, housing vitamin drinks and beauty products by “Lumene” which is a range vitamin-C infused cremes.

The fridge!

Vitamin madness

Thank you for my vitamin boost, to the fantastic staff of INLAND who will be there until the end of August and then move on to a yet undisclosed location! Let me know if you find their next pop-up store please.

 

Brunnenstrasse graffitti

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Brunnenstrasse also has some cool carpets (Jan Kath designer carpets, to be precise), graffitti and Kaviar Gauche, the fancy fashion label which has become a synonym for Berlin.

Jan Kath designer carpats

Here are the most beautiful carpets by textile artist Jan Kath, whose magic carpets I have fallen in love with!

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…posing in the tiny door which leads into KAVIAR GAUCHE….

 

Outside Caviar Gauche

Finally, we sat down for a well deserved coffee and French tartelettes….

opposite "Gorki Park" café

opposite “Gorki Park” caf√©

We also had some fluffy guests join our table:

fluffy guests on my plate

fluffy guests on my plate