So the intention is to keep the blog updated weekly with the goings on at Helen Ruth, and the week before my BIRTHDAY seems a good a time as any to get started!!
I’ve been hard at work creating new designs for the new Spring collection. All though it doesn’t feel like it right now (we actually had SNOW yesterday!) Spring is not far away and I’m starting to wish for slippery, light and airy scarves to wear on bright and breezy days. I’ve been really influenced by the books I’ve been reading lately – A sinister fairy tale ;The Book of Lost Things’ by John Connolly and Roald Dahl’s macabre short stories with their cruel twists of fate…
The Story Teller collection is inspired by the art of telling stories, something I really loved as a child and still do. My Grandad used to make up stories and tell them to us, and we used to call them ‘Stories from the Mouth’, and I came across this quote in my newest book ‘Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales’ by Sir George Douglas talking about the study of folk stories,
“Classified, tabulated, scientifically named, they are no longer the wild free product of Nature that we knew and loved: they are become, so to speak, a collection of butterflies in a case, an album of pressed wild flowers. No doubt they are very interesting, and highly instructive; but their poetry, their brightness, the fragrance which clung about them in their native air, their native soil, is in large measure gone!”.
I loved the way he describes stories as like butterflies, and they need to be spoken to be kept alive, not trapped and analysed in book. So this is the inspiration behind the new designs – a collection of butterflies and other specimens of nature ( a few skulls, of course) that in some scarves will be trapped in bell jars and bottles, and then in the final design in the collection the butterflies will break free in an explosion of glass shards and kaleidoscopic colour!
Here’s a wee sneaky peek of this weeks photoshopping…
By next week hopefully I will have some fabric samples to show you!