There are some magnificent silks that are being finished for us as we speak in Italy. The designs are varied, some are geometric repeats based on tessellating polygons, others are abstract and some are motif inspired. The silk below was designed using the components of watches after a vintage watch of mine was pulled apart and repaired after it was exposed to salt water. When I picked up my watch it was still sitting there on the 23rd day of the month (yes, Michael Jordan, I know) and the cogs and balance wheel, as well as a host of other little parts so small you could barely see them, were bundled into a tiny plastic container for me to collect. I photographed them all under a magnifying glass and began to expand them and attempted to create vectorised images that could be read by the eye on a woven silk. A few weeks later I had a silk which reminded me of the passing of time and the often complex things that go into making up what appears to be a rather simple watch face. It's often no different in making products, the more smooth and simplistic something appears, the more a team has striven to achieve that simplicity. And time, that wonderful and yet destructive force which propels us all to our own inevitable ends, is both a form of order and chaos.
Anyway, it is a fun silk of royal blues and gold. I do hope it translates well into bow ties. Stay tuned. www.lenoeudpapillon.com