I discovered the intricate work of Lisa Ryder at Showcase and it reminded me of how much scarves had captured my attention for so many years (when I was much younger). They have not been a favorite accessory of mine in recent years but perhaps they should be. I have a drawer full of wonderful scarves, many of them were my grandmother's - I think when she was still alive, she inspired me to wear them and I do remember I did have a thing for wearing them in my 20's just starting out in the work force in New York.
Lisa's scarves are 100% silk and they've been digitally printed. I spoke to Lisa about her inspiration for her collection...."Drawing from my experience as a textile designer and inspired by my love of pattern, I created a unique collection made from originally designed, digitally printed scarves on fine silks. My inspiration is taken from the urban landscape. I am inspired by people in motion, which I combine with the textures I have gathered from surrounding buildings. I then incorporate my repeat patterns to develop truly unique imagery. Each scarf is made to order and finished at the highest standard."
Lisa's use of colour is particularly effective and the urban structures represented in her design are graphic and strong without being overpowering.
Lisa received her Masters in Design Practice: Textiles for Fashion from The Glasgow School of Art in 2009 and in the January/February 2011 issue of House and Home magazine, they said she was the "one to watch." Her work sells at The Irish Design Shop, Kaleidoscope in Westport, Co. Mayo and in London at Starter Brazaar along with the Fiona Turly Gallery Craft in Kilworth, Cork and Jasimine Design in Mullingar.
Do check out her own website as well - Lisa Ryder.
She is a member of the Crafts Council of Ireland and a member of Groundworks in Galway.
As always, this post is in conjunction with the Year of the Craft 2011 - you can link through to the Crafts Council of Ireland or Craft Northern Ireland websites at the top of my blog.
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