Quilt Me, Change Me
Autumn Winter 2010
It's two weeks since I wobbled across the cobbled court yard of Somerset House in seriously uncomfortable boots. Grimacing as I entered the LFW New Generation exhibition, I found my pain relief in Louise Gray's Autumn Winter 2010 collection. Her exuberant range was presented on hand-drawn drawn figures with sea-side style cut-out holes for faces. The overall mood was definitely for a sense of fun. And it certainly made me smile.
The Quilt Me, Change Me collection is a collage of delicious colour and intriguing textures. Louise Gray is an innovative textile designer. By using traditional methods of devore, quilting and patchwork, Louise transforms fabrics into something completely different.
I was captivated by the contrasting colours, prints and textures used in off-kilter panel dresses and skirts.
A stunning red kimono coat was one of my favourite pieces. The incredible 3D texture was created by applying devore - where fabric is burned away - onto layers of quilted fabrics. The top layer of fabric had almost disappeared to leave a hounds-tooth effect of threads caught in place by the quilting.
By pushing the boundaries of textile design, Louise has created a collection of refreshingly modern pieces to be worn with a smile.