It was very important to me not to just repeat any design to silk for my printed range. I felt that I had to stay true to textiles, and the textural value of thread and yarn.
One of my favourite methods of using colour and thread is stitched tapestry or needlepoint, but I find the result limited in its uses and not cost effective for the hours of labour.
Out of a want of something to do during lockdown, for pleasure and love, I picked up my canvases and cotton perle and began stitching. The first design was a form of meditation – quite random and simply a matter of squares building up to the finished product. Then I began to realise the potential of my designs. Through expert photography, the magic of the computer (with the invaluable assistance of my husband, designer Richard Evans) married to the expertise of The Silk Bureau, my new range, The Trompe L’Oeil Collection was born.
The integrity of the textile, being the stitched or knitted design remains, with superb colour values and splendid textural teases that are there to be seen, but not to be felt. Instead, the quality of silk becomes the sensual experience. The mind is entertained and excited, the senses are stimulated and comforted and the need for an exclusive attractive accessory is satisfied! Job done! Also, very suitable for people with wool allergies – they can still have their knitted scarf!