Friday, 22 April 2011

Lauren Crawford

While researching design companys and designers from and/or in dundee, I came across an interesting textile designer. Lauren Crawford studied at and graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee in 2008. It took her less than a year later to set up her own design business. She specialises in her own unique use of fabrics, mainly using wool and silk to create scarves, collars, wedding shawls, and garters. Lauren's accessories are all made by hand using a mixture of traditional and modern weaving techiniques to create each signature item.  She often exhibits her work in galleries throughout the uk AND New York, where she has sold designs to macy's department store (i found this most impressive and maybe felt the slightest bit jealous).  Ms Crawford has a studio in Fife and is designer in residence at Duncan of Jordanstone.

The above photos are taken from her own website
Looking closley at her designs, in particular the pieces i've chosen to display here, i think you can see how dundee might have inspires some of her work. The first of the images mainly consisting of brown shades and geometric shapes remind me of the old architecture seen all around dundee. Is it a possibility that the blue-turquoise pieces were inspired by the tay river? Its a possibility with a collection of her scarves known as 'reflection scarves'.

above: reflection scarves

overall I find lauren's work beautiful and original, I can see how she has created such a great interest in her work in such a short space of time and can't see her slowing down anytime soon.

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