Introducing my new Carnival wallhanging. A design – handwoven in the passement-technique – that celebrates color. Passement is the art of handweaving decorative ribbons. A lost technique that I have revived, but in an enlarged and modern format. Carnival is a bright and colourful wall art which is woven with luxury yarns as 100% merino wool, 100% silk and combined with paracord. As implied by its name, color is a recurring element in the design of my passementerie series.
Elizabeth Ashdown (based in the UK) is an artist who gives passement courses. So I decided to follow one of her courses. Her course was an eye-opener for me as it is such a versatile weaving structure.
A splash of color
The graphic expression of the handwoven design comes together in the use of colours and yarns which makes this design looks light, airy and is a real eye-catcher. Contrasting yarns and how the design elements are woven ensure a design that is modern, luxurious and full of character.
With its modern and luxurious look, the handcrafted Carnival wallhanging will fit beautifully in your living room, bedroom or dining room.
Carnival is unique and available in a single number.
Format : 69×90 cm Materials : merino wool, silk, paracord and packaging ribbon. Design and woven by : Ilse Philips
Interested to publish this artwork in your magazine, gallery or museum? Mail me
Keramiek Juliette (ceramist, Terneuzen) and Ilse Philips (textile artist, Zoetermeer) joined hands together to create a unique wallhanging. Ilse wove the base cloth in a deflected double weave pattern, and ceramist Juliette created the different flowers.
So when the plan for a collaboration had come up, we started with a designplan. What was the feeling we would like to capture in our artwork?
With the designplan in mind we created the cloth and the ceramic flowers. Ilse wove the cloth by hand in a deflected double weave structure and Juliette started building up the flowers with an earthenware clay which had a slightly rough appearance matching Ilse’s weaving.
The flowers were made quite thin though so that they wouldn’t be too heavy for the weaving.
Part of the flowers were created with separate petals. Others were built up from a circular form. They all got their own fine details. The heart of each flower was made in such a way that Ilse could make different patterns with colours from the weaving.
After firing the pieces for the first time, Juliette added some subtle colouring. Then she finished them off with glossy and matte transparent glazes and fired them again.
Ilse finished the artwork by sewing by hand all the delicate ceramic flowers.
Size : 37 x 60 cm (without fringes). Prize : 380 euro
Interested to display our artwork in your gallery or magazine? Want to collaborate with us? Or are you interested in buying this artwork? Just mail Ilse or Juliette
PAS-LOVE is a large handwoven wallhanging in silk, wool and cotton. This unique and one-of-a-kind wallhanging would look great on your wall and the ‘golden’ rings gives your interior a luxurious touch. It’s woven in passementerie. More photos can be found on my Instagram account, and in my blog article I explain more about this type of weaving.
Size : 55 x 47 cm Price : 250 euro Shipping : free within the EU and UK Shipping to other countries : on request
Passementerie comes in different shapes and sizes. Normally, passementerie is small so you can sew it onto dresses, jackets, curtains and upholstery.
One of the most famous passementerie companies is Verrier in Paris. They make the most gorgeous passementerie you can imagine.
Because it’s a very time-consuming craft, it has become endangered.
I am autodidact and I tried learning passementerie by viewing the photos on the internet. But that didn’t get me much further.
I came across Elizabeth’s website and subscribed for her online zoom Passementerie Masterclass. Elizabeth Ashdown MA RCA is an artist based in South East England. She creates contemporary, hand woven artworks using the endangered craft of Passementerie. You should definitely check-out her website and Instagramaccount. It’s a burst of great design and gorgeous colors.
What did I learn ?
Elizabeth starts her course with explaining what passementerie is. How you can give it a personal twist and how to set up your weaving. You can use a frame loom, or as I did, my large 16-shaft Ashford loom.
The sett you use for your warp is very dense. So you don’t see the weft threads for the basic ribbon.
She explains what a picot, scallop and crete is. You weave together with her (and all the other participants) live, your first design. In between you can ask questions and she explains the do’s and don’ts very clearly.
I have woven 2 different designs on a single warp/ribbon.
You can go crazy when you work with different wefts and with 2 warps/ribbons. Is it as complicated as it looks? Well, you certainly need to be very focused on which weft, ribbon, color you will use to make your design look great.
In my left warp/ribbon I used a wider sett then the warp/ribbon on the right. As you can see the right ribbon looks better because there are no ‘gaps’. Ofcourse, gaps can be a design feature if you plan it carefully.
Let’s get crazy
With passementerie you can get as crazy as you like. There are no limits to what you can use. Below are a few examples of try-outs. I made them with recycled household-stuff.
Learn an endangered craft
Bring passementerie back to live. If you like to know more about how to weave it, I can highly recommend Elizabeth’s Masterclass. She’s a fantastic and brilliant weaver, a good teacher and a very nice and helpful person.
Thank you Elizabeth, it was really fun learning passementerie !
A new handwoven wallhanging “Autumn Leaves” for my Botanical Collection. Handwoven in cotton and bamboo. The wallhanging has gradient colours in shades of brown. Hand crochet white leaves in different shapes and sizes accentuate the onset of winter. Made in a limited single number.
Weaving and ceramics go together perfectly. So besides following colleague weavers, I love to be inspired by what other artisanal workers do. Becoming friends with Juliette happened at the right moment. Keramiek Juliette makes gorgeous ceramics. You definitely should check her website. A few months ago, our mutual friend Ronald brought us into contact with each other. We had a lovely inspiring chat and found out that we both would love to try out a collaboration. Neither one of us has done this before, so we had to set a few goals for ourselves. That’s why we decided to make a wallhanging. A double weaving and ceramics. Both handwoven and handformed of course. If you are curious about what we’ve accomplished, just stay in touch and check out our websites to see the final result !
We are so excited that we can’t wait to give a small sneak peek …. In a later post we will share more details and info about our collaboration and the process. More of my weavings can be found here and here. More of Juliette’s ceramics can be found here and here.
Just finished a series of art footplaids. Art footplaids are small plaids for your sofa, bed or ottoman. They are used to put your feet on or snuggle your cold feet in. All footplaids are unique and one of a kind, and can be made in a variety of yarns. Most woven plaids are commissioned, but I do have a small amount of plaids in stock. Price starts at 150 euro. Width : 60 cm / Length : 120-140 cm. Wash instructions : all plaids should be hand washed or dry cleaned only.
Unique designergifts made by local artis can be bought at the Makerswinkel XL. Nathalie de Jong (from Streekblad Zoetermeer) also interviewed me as one of the many local artists. What a nice interview about the Makerswinkel XL from Terra Artprojects Zoetermeer . (On the photo artistic director Natalie Vinke. More articles about my designs can be found here. Proud ❤️
My 3D-block wallhanging was selected as part of the international virtual shaft weaving art exhibition “Pushing the Limits” by Olivier Masson. l’m honoured and proud ! This international exhibition can be viewed online from December 1, 2020 till December 1 2021. Thank you Olivier and Lala for all your hard work making this gorgeous exhibition possible.
Table runner “Jul” in typical Christmas colours red, green, white. …….It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….. Double weaving blocks on 8 shafts. One side has light background, the other side has a darker background. Fully reversible. Material : Cotton Size : 100 x 50 cm Colours : red, green, white Ships in a gift box. Price : 70 euro incl. shipping costs (in EU) Email me if you are interested.
Looking for some special art to give ? You can find it here, here, here and here. If you’re having problems with Christmas decorating, Anna from L’Essenziale has some tips for you.
4000 wefts of krokbragd is what it took me to finally finish my tablerunner in this gorgeous Swedish technique. The table runner is 1 meter long and 27 cm wide (without fringes). More than 4.000 wefts in merino, wool, acryl. A while ago I wove a rug “Lollipop” in the same krokbragd technique. It’s a fun technique, but very very time-consuming ! Monique Hakkennes and Kelly Casanova have good weaving lessons in this technique. Ships in a gift box. Price : 150 euro, incl. shipping (in EU)
“Samen met diverse werken die te zien zijn op haar website, zoals kussens en theedoeken, getuigen ze van vakmanschap en gevoel voor kleur en compositie. Ilse geeft hier duidelijk esthetisch vorm aan functionele voorwerpen. De andere drie aangeboden werken zijn prachtig gemaakt en laten het vakmanschap zien van Ilse. We herkennen in deze werken Ilse’s talent met gevoel voor interieur.”
Vanaf 1 november zal een selectie van mijn weefsels in hun winkel verkocht worden. Bedankt Terra Art, en de toetsingscommissie. Ik kijk uit naar een leuke samenwerking en heb er zin in !
Weaving a vintage moose wall art on my 16-shaft loom was always on my to-do list. I finally decided to spend some time designing this in a 16-shaft summer & winter technique. Eva Stossel has written a nice blog about this summer & winter technique. Summer & winter is a Scandinavian block weaving, woven with 2 shuttles. It’s special because the front and back are inverted. In the old days, plaids woven with this technique were very common in Sweden. During winter they showed one side of the plaid, in summer they showed the other side. So a wallhanging, plaid or table runner made with this technique can be displayed both ways. Because I wanted to have an ‘old Scandinavian’ vintage look, I choose green alpaca for the pattern and unbleached cottolin for the ground cloth. The moose are separated by a ‘green lawn’ in silk yarn.
My art is for sale at the Saatchi Art online gallery. Saatchi Art is the world’s leading online art gallery. It’s a place where you can discover an unparalleled selection of art by artists from around the world to suit all budgets, styles, and spaces. My wallhangings “3D-block“, “No time to waste” and “Flower Garden” can be purchased at the Saatchi Art website.
From the Metamorphosis Serie : “Living in a bubble”. Handwoven wall art made with wool and plastic. More about the creative process can be found here. On my Instagram account you can find more intriguing handwoven art.
From the Metamorphosis serie : “Passementerie”. This handwoven wall art is made with products which I found in house. I used old buttons, rubber wires, cables, cotton sticks, hygienic napkins and chips bags. More about the creative process can be found here. On my Instagram account you can find more intriguing handwoven art. I like to thank Robyn Spady for her booklet on Passementerie.
From the Metamorphosis Serie : “3D-block”. Handwoven wall hanging made in merino wool. More about the creative process can be found here. On my Instagram account you can find more intriguing handwoven art.
From the Metamorphosis serie : “Flower garden’. Handwoven wall hanging made of leather, silk and merino. More about the creative process can be found here. On my Instagram account you can find more intriguing handwoven art.
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