Guest Post: Fiona McIntosh of Tessuti Designs
You don’t have to be a genius to work out that textiles and fabrics are super important over here at PeachyHQ. They are so much part of what I do and what I love on a daily basis, so when I find something that makes me stop and take a breath, then I just know it is something really special.
The collection of vintage-inspired textiles from designer Fiona Mcintosh of Tessuti Designs, showcased in both London and New York, really does take your breath away. Here are just some of my very favourite pieces…
From Left to Right: Silk Ribbon • Button Muffler • Armwarmers
Graduate from Heroit Watt (formerly Scotland College of Textiles) Fiona McIntosh talks about being a hands on creative in today’s guest post!
♥ – ♥ – ♥
I studied textile design at the Scottish College of Textiles ( now known as Heriot Watt- Borders Campus ) in the picturesque Scottish Borders. I graduated in 1984 and a year later set up my business Tessuti. I produce a range of hand dyed and hand printed fashion accessories using cashmere, wool/lycra, silk and lambswool.
My prints are inspired by my love of imagery and colours from the 1950s and 1960s. My sketchbook is vital to me – from initial doodles and scribbles I usually go straight to producing the artwork, making up screens for printing and sampling onto fabric so it’s a very ‘hands on’ process. It’s challenging and exciting to see if new designs work in terms of scale and colours and its ‘s rewarding actually seeing the end results made up into scarves and the other products I produce.
The whole process is done by hand – from initially dyeing the fabric in a huge boiler, pinning out the fabric on my 7 metre print table, screen printing using the ‘discharge’ method and steaming the fabric to produce rich colours whist retaining the original soft handle of the fabric.
Textile design and printing is a very satisfying discipline, producing almost instant results and it’s a fantastic feeling seeing someone wear one of my accessories. I wish to carry on designing and producing and exhibiting my work both nationally and internationally and collaborating with other designers who may wish to use my prints.
♥ – ♥ – ♥
You can see more of Fiona’s amazing textiles on her website
If you’re anything like me and you fall in love with something, you really fall head over heels in love with it – then this is for you!
With support from Creative Scotland, Fiona has designed limited edition slip cast earthenware cups using her vintage inspired prints. Are these not just to die for gorgeous?