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Artwork for Jasmin Afschar

Harris Tweed and Linen Cushion Covers

Tools of the trade

Handstitched buttonholes

Lots of Linen

Making Indigo dyed Hemp Jeans

Harris Tweed close up

...I'm going out there!

oooh... that looks nice!


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How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I am just starting out on this creative journey of creating and designing before selling rather than making what is required. My starting point is my enthusiam for textile and sewing and furthermore the desire to make clothes and items here in my studio that last a long time and that have been made from materials that have not travelled too far. For example I love Harris Tweed, not only for its beauty and warmth, but for the fact that it has been made in the home of a weaver in the UK. Also you can sometimes find little bits of moss or heather woven in, which just adds to the attraction.
My intention is to start creating the patterns for woolen coats that are quite classic and elegant in their cut and continue ww orking more with boiled wool and hemp.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I suppose I would call myself more of a maker, though artistry comes into it. The conception often comes through the materials that I am attracted to, which are mainly Wool, Linen and Hemp. Though cotton is a lovely material to work with and I do, it is ultimately a truly unsustainable fibre, whether organic or not. The history of our culture and economy is, through eg. cotton, so much based on exploitation of both the ground and people, that I would like to be part of the movement that brings the attention back home or to the fact that making and the skills that are needed for it have great value.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Raw Thread Design/ bespoke dressmaker/ patterncutter
When time allows I love practicing and reading about hand techniques such as embroidery, darning and the like and would love to try my hands on bobbin lace making.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I do weekly sewing workshops here in the studio in Kington. If you would like to to do a workshop that I do not offer, please get in touch. Individual tuition available.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

Did a 3-year dual apprenticeship in bespoke dressmaking in Luebeck, Germany and a 1-year degree in patterncutting at the Academy Fashion and Design in Hamburg , Germany.

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