A Rum Fellow

  • Matchmaking Bolivia and France

    Posted on 17/08/2012 by A Rum Fellow


    We are back home and the projects are rolling, remember the stunning hand woven vintage zig zag fabric from Bolivia? Well, it met a 1950's French chair and they're getting on very nicely.

    Arriving back to grey raining London and hearing the horror stories of the summer which had yet to arrive was a bit of a jolt. However our spirits were lifted by the lovely faces we had missed, and the boxes of beautiful South American fabrics showing up one by one. It would be an understatement to say we were 'chomping at the bit' to get into the long list of projects we dreamed up and sketched out whilst we were away. It even seemed like the greyness outside only made the fabrics look more amazing.



    This stylish mid century French chair and it's partner from a previous trip to the continent had been waiting patiently at home for us and oh did we have some Bolivian loving to give them.




    At roughly the ripe old age of 60 the chair frames had some story telling love marks and I didn't want to loose these, for one I love a good story, and these guys have serious character. However the thick varnish of mid century style was tired, so I stripped them right down to the natural wood, and then oiled them back to life keeping some characterful stories in tack.

    The original seats were filled with grass which is quite typical of French upholstery, but having kidnapped them to (now) sunny England, I used Coir (coconut hair) instead. The Coir retained in bridle ties gives a good solid and comfy covering for the hardy original springs which were so powerful they had actually made the old chairs quite uncomfortable.

    The beautiful hand embroidered arrowhead join has taken pride of place down the centre of both the seats with the original outside border sitting at the top of the seat backs. As tradition in the 1950s the under side of these seats had been finished with staples but as the hand woven fabric had set a high status, the idea of staples here seemed conflicting. Instead I decided to take them back in time a little more and used decorative tacks to mark the completion. One of the telling signs of a hand woven fabric is the loom set up rows at the start of a panel. In South America these were a couple of inches using all the colours in a mini stripe testing them out, checking they worked together and setting the tension. I loved the thinking and planning which must have gone into these rows before the weaver launched into the next month of weaving on this one piece. So as not to loose this history I kept a section of this at opposite back corners of each chair (shown in the photo above).

    This matched up pair are now available on our new website here.




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  • Art Crush

    Posted on 15/08/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Paintings by Californian artist Kelly Reemstein.

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  • Olympic

    Posted on 14/08/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Olympics, nailed. Go Paralympics! Some of the great Olympic posters as a little celebration...

    Mexico 1968, Lance Wyman, Eduardo Terrazas and Pedro Ramirez Vázquez
    Munich, Germany, 1972, Max Bill
    Los Angeles, USA, 1984, Robert Rauschenberg

    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Celebration, London, Mexico, Munich, Olympics, Poster, Poster Designs

  • Some London love

    Posted on 08/08/2012 by A Rum Fellow

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  • Embroidered Visions

    Posted on 19/07/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    Suddenly we have been surrounded by a whole new style of thread and fibre…and we love it. After hearing a rumours of the style of Amazonian textiles we travelled deep into the Peruvian jungle and up the Amazon river.  Search and you will find- the discoveries were worth the potholes, bumpy river boats and the constant humidity.

    Gone were the hand looms in courtyards, here the ladies were deep involved with the needle and thread working on "visions".

    Striking geomectrics link together like jigsaw puzzle pieces and slot around the trailing jungle plants or flowers. Just like in Southern Peru the textile designs focus on icons important to the natives. In the jungle it is the plants which are highly valued as for every ailment they believe there is a leafy cure.

    Good job we love a good story as there is always one to tell in Peruvian textiles. The intense maze of designs captures the hallucinogenic visions seen by the Amazonian tribes when they first developed Ayahuasca heeling ceremonies. The designs have been passed down through the generations and are still recreated by the tribes talented ladies today. Even when fixed in thread the designs almost start moving out of the cloth.

    The lovely Sara and Angela (below) are the talented embroideries of all the amazing pieces photographed in this post…they do love colour! Thanks to them we are once again straining under the extra weight of a grand lot of stunning textiles.

    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Amazonian textiles, Ayahuasca, Ayahuasca textiles, Ayahuasca visions, geometrics, Hand embroidery, Peru, Peruvian textiles, textiles

  • Geo's and Andean animals

    Posted on 24/06/2012 by A Rum Fellow

    We have again been floored, this time by the Peruvian hand weavers and their fearless use of colours.

    Peru is a culture rich country with a deep and vibrant history so there is plenty for all the weaving villages to draw on. Inca and indigeous decoration/artwork was very much geometric based so this has filtered into the textiles. The geometric diamond formations sit back with other significant icons- Pumas, Condors, Llamas and Pachamama (goddess of the indigenous people of the Andes aka Mother Earth).

    With so many hands well taught through the years in the art of weaving we were bound to make some amazing finds. And how could we say no to Geo's mixed with Andean animals?!

    These are just a taster of what we found as needless to say we came away with our hands full..the list of projects for our return are adding up!

    This post was posted in Uncategorized and was tagged with Andean weavers, Condiors, hand weaving, Llamas, Pachamama, Peru, Peruvian textiles, Pumas

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