The Art of Craft
The Collect Art Fair is always a highlight in my calendar. It brings together the world’s best craft galleries at Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery.
At Firmdale Hotels we love using an eclectic mix of art and craft together.
I am constantly collecting fabrics on my travels – unique, often handmade fabrics that are exotic and different. We use them in a number of ways, whether pulled across a canvas and hung on the wall or framed in Perspex. A delicate embroidered sampler, simply framed, becomes a work of art.
Artistically framing these textiles in an interesting way can draw attention to their beauty.
In the restaurant at Ham Yard Hotel we have framed textiles found in India as a room divider which provides privacy between areas. It also emphasises the texture of the fabric and transforms it into a piece of art.
In the Townhouse at Haymarket Hotel one of the highlights of the scheme is a beautiful textile in a wooden frame.
At Ham Yard Hotel we have hung a Berber rug on the staircase leading to The Dive Bar and The Croc Bowling Alley. You can admire it as you walk up and downstairs, which emphasises the height of the space.
Also on this staircase, you can see a wonderful tapestry by Alexander Calder which was woven by hand from agave fibre in 1975.
We wanted to capture the beauty of craft and these fabulous fabrics in our own way.
I love tactile objects; fabrics that tell a story always work well as a clever alternative to a painting. So next time you discover a fabric that catches your eye, why not get creative with framing.