All things Art and Design…
Last year we were contacted by Charlotte Heley, a second year Fashion Design student at the University of Leeds. She was designing a sustainable sailing inspired menswear collection and needed some sailcloth to use as samples in her portfolio project…we love a bit of upcycling, so we sent her a couple of metres of laser sail and wished her luck. Just look at what she’s done!
The brief was to design a collection of sports inspired fashion garments for a designer of their choice. Charlotte chose Christopher Reaburn as her “hypothetical designer” as he specialises in remaking discarded textiles into high quality fashion garments www.christopherraeburn.co.uk/about. She took this philosophy and based a collection on sailing, using the laser sail we sent her in a number of designs. Charlotte then went on to make the parka and it looks fantastic! There may be a career at Sails and Canvas for you when uni is done!!!
Staying with all things art and design, from Friday 13th May – Sunday 16th May our sail loft will be part of Exeter Open Studios 2016. Exeter Open Studios (EOS) is an artist-led art festival of creativity, showcasing work by local artists living and working in Devon www.exeteropenstudios.co.uk. Artist Caroline Hart has her sail loft studios upstairs at Sails and Canvas and it is home to Wallpaperboats www.wallpaperboats.co.uk. She creates map and marine chart navigation based paintings, drawing inspiration from our beautiful location on the Topsham quay.
This is the second year that Caroline and her friend Anthi Kay, a ceramics designer, have taken part in EOS and with over 300 people visiting the studio last year it could be a busy time in Topsham’s creative quarter next weekend! We’ll be open at Sails and Canvas too, so come and say hello to all things Sails and Canvas and all things Art and Design.