HOME COLLECTION – ALEX MCKENZIE COLLABORATION

Alex McKenzie is a self-taught artist originally from Australia, living and working in London since 2001. Largely installation-based, her work incorporates a combination of print, sculpture, fragrance, sound and location, often inspired by nature.

Alex recently completed a commission to make a large installation at the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. The piece consisted of prints of kelp attached to rope and suspended from the 10m high museum ceiling. This work was accompanied by sound and smell and was totally biodegradable.

Her work continues to explore themes of nature through the medium of print, sculpture and sensory installation. Recently Alex has been working with mentor Scott Madux, an interior designer, to help realise these projects and in particular, how they relate to the interior spaces in which they exist.

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Artist's projects on instagram

Birds & Bees bedding

Coffee tea or me table cloth

Coffee tea me bedding detail

SEX

Sex is a collection of individual prints following in the tradition of textiles as a medium to tell stories about human relationships, life’s fortunes and rituals through symbolism. ‘Birds and Bees’ and ‘Coffee, Tea or Me?’ explore themes relating to encounters between lovers and the interplay between the positive and negative that makes connections with those we love both joyful and challenging.

The Birds and Bees combines imagery of swallows and honey bees artfully skirting around central spines of brambles and apple branches bearing fruit. These visual references are emblematic of the art of relationships and the careful negotiation required to maintain the equilibrium of both the physical and emotional side of shared lives.

Coffee, Tea or Me? is said to be an old pick-up line used by flight attendants serving refreshments to onboard passengers. Used in this context, the question of which refreshment is most appealing is spelled out visually through the playful ménage à trois of botanical references – the leaves of the rubber plant combined with coffee beans and the tea plant. Reading between the lines of these visual cues, the print provides the backdrop or setting for a liaison, be that in the bedroom or at the dining table…the choice is yours.

Whilst at first the prints appear to be part of a familiar visual narrative and established textile tradition, the underlying symbolism cleverly weaves a different story.

These collections reflect the central themes running throughout Alex’s work through her depiction of nature as a wider statement about our lives as human beings, our interactions with each other and the world we live in.

HOME COLLECTION – ALISTER SHAPLEY COLLABORATION

Alister Shapley is an emerging screen printer who runs a design and screen printing studio based in north London. Originally from Stoke-On-Trent, Alister trained as an architect at Edinburgh College of Art, during which time he found his true passion for design and print. After completing his studies, Alister worked as a designer for a variety of agencies and contractors, before starting his own business ‘asdesign’, producing prints and undertaking private and commercial commissions.

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Twelve bedding

Twelve bed

 

Twelve cushion

TWELVE

Twelve is a grid-based pattern inspired by the element of water. In a truly east meets west design. Alister draws a parallel between the indigo-infused water dripping down from the dyed cloth back into the vat as it emerges during production, and the droplets of rain falling to disturb the surface of puddles in the streets of London. Both provide a contemplative rhythm to a way of life. For the indigo Master in China engaging with their artisan craft and for Alistair, the print-artist going about his daily business in London. Like all of Alister’s print works, ‘Twelve’ has its base in mathematical grids, structures and sequences. The title specifically relates to the dimensions of the stencil used to apply the pattern to the fabric. The grid structure contains concentric circles which undulate, land and radiate out like water droplets hitting a surface.

HOME COLLECTION – COORDINATES

Wonky lines table cloth

Wonky lines and latice cushions

Wonky lines and lattice bed

Bluehanded co-ordinates provides a range of prints that can be used on their own, together, or as an accent to our artist designed collections. Curated by John Abbate, Bluehanded’s founder, these prints have been chosen for their versatility and rhythmical simplicity.

Wonky lines follows in the convention of prints symbolising life-giving, but can also be seen as an extension of the idea of the flow of life - rain water dripping down a glass pane, traffic crawling along the streets of London at rush hour, or mammals migrating through the dessert.

Lattice lines is a geometric print that is at once both modern and traditional, eastern and western. The lines weaving together in a lattice format reflects the lattice-work that is so predominant in eastern furnishings and decorative arts both, historically and today. The diamond shaping through the peaks and troughs of inter-woven lines is reminiscent of art-deco styling which creates a beautiful, fresh feel to the design.

HOME COLLECTION – HERITAGE

Home design indigo fabric bedding cushion throw curtain blue and white vintage textile
Hand made indigo textile and vintage fabrics for home interiors

hand dyed natural indigo cushions curtains throws sustainable living interior home accessories living room
Hand dyed natural indigo cushions, curtains and throws.

hand dyed natural indigo cushions curtains throws sustainable living interior home accessories living room
Hand dyed natural indigo cushions and throws.

 

Light Indigo cushions, different sizes, fineshes and patterns.

Light indigo cushions
Light indigo cushions, showing different seam finishes.

Deep Indigo cushions, different sizes, finishes and patterns.

Handmade Indigo cushions made in a variety of sizes, patterns, finishes and shades of Indigo. Hand made to order.

Please contact john@bluehanded.co.uk for further information, or visit our online shop for more design options to inspire you.

HOME COLLECTION – VINTAGE

 

 

Some examples of vintage fabrics we have in stock, such as this Indigo square cloth bag from the 1930's (pictured above centre).  Vintage indigo textiles, 100 to 70 years old are sold at Rouge Shop London, 158 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7JL  www.rouge-shop.co.uk

 

Vintage indigo
Vintage indigo cushions with reverse panel.

Pin Bu cushion
Different shades of vintage Indigo with Pin Bu detail.

Vintage indigo cushions
Selection of cushions using vintage LYHB cloth.

 

Vintage indigo fabric cushions. Due to the nature of vintage indigo, each piece is unique. Custom sizes, finishes available in a variety of different vintage indigo patterns. Hand made to order.

Please contact john@bluehanded.co.uk for further information, or visit our online shop for more design options to inspire you.

 

INDIGO FABRIC BY THE METRE

100% COTTON HAND DYED NATURAL INDIGO FABRIC BY THE METRE: BLUEHANDED MAKES TO ORDER, 50 PATTERNS. LIMITED STOCK IN LONDON.  PLEASE CONTACT US FOR AVAILABILITY,  WHOLESALE & TRADE INQUIRIES OR SAMPLES. PATTERNS CAN BE CUSTOMISED OR EXCLUSIVELY HAND MADE. EMAIL john@bluehanded.co,uk

natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile floral pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile floral butterfly pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile floral butterfly pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile traditional floral butterfly bird pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile floral leaf pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile butterfly pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile dragon fly insect pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile floral pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile floral pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile bamboo pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile fish pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile floral pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile fish pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile floral pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile floral bird pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile dragon fly pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile children room animal zoo pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric diamond dot pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric floral pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric floral pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric traditional lattice pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile wave pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric floral pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric floral leaf pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric wave pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile floral pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric nautical rope pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile traditional ethnic pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric good luck pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile equestrian horse pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile traditional pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric round dragon pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile floral pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile traditional geometric pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric traditional tribal ethnic pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric traditional ethnic pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile geometric floral pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile floral pattern

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natural artisanal hand dyed blue and white indigo cotton fabric textile traditional wedding phoenix bird flower floral pattern

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indigo fabric textile blue and white pattern design artist collaboraiton
Artist Alex McKenzie pattern design Birds & Bees Natural Indigo fabric for the home

natural indigo fabric textile artisanal hand made sustainable
COFFEE TEA OR ME

ACCESSORIES

photos by Liz www.dvisionpro.com

 

Hand dyed and stitched indigo accessories in many styles and patterns. Various sizes of scarves, cravats, pocket squares and bandanas made to order.

Please contact john@bluehanded.co.uk for further information. Online shop, coming soon.

 

ONLINE SHOP, AVAILABLE NOW.

 

 

LAN YIN HUA BU

Indigo dye, derived from natural plants, are used to create our LAN YIN HUA BU fabrics.  All our accessories are handmade using an ancient resist-paste technique made from lime and soy bean. Numerous hand cut standard and custom patterns available.  Vat dyed indigo shades range from dark, medium and light.  Scares have frayed and knotted or simple raw frayed ends.  Scarves can also have patches using vintage fabrics on a LAN YIN HUA BU back.  

 

 

PIN BU

Vintage indigo fabric scarves of various sizes are also available as cravats and pocket squares, all hand made to order.  Each one is unique using antique indigo textiles hand stitched into stunning accessories.  Two styles available: Patched vintage with new Lan Yin Hua Bu or all Vintage fabric but into scarves or pocket squares.  All edges are left selvedge or frayed for a raw and natural look.

 

 

ANDRES FERRER DE ARMAS MENSWEAR COLLABORATION

Andres Ferrer De Armas fashion designer studio pattern maker Spanish
Andres Ferrer De Armas in his studio

Andres Ferrer de Armas studied pattern cutting and costume design at Central St. Martins and the London College of Fashion. After graduating, he worked for several well-known fashion designers including Vivienne Westwood.

 

In 2009 he relocated to Shanghai. Here, he continued costume design, and worked for fashion designer Anjara Garcia. While designing, he was also the Professor of Studio Design and Pattern Making at Shanghai University of International Fashion, and taught at the Design Art Institute Mod’Art Paris.

 

BLUEHANDED has invited Andres to design a capsule menswear collection, using Lan Yin Hua Bu fabric. It is a casual line that has a contemporary feel, yet is classic and timeless. A perfect illustration of this would be the Mao era jacket because this emphasises the utilitarian origins of the fabric.

 

 

 

Hand-crafted menswear made from sustainably produced Lan Yin Hua Bu indigo hand-dyed cotton.

 

ONLINE SHOP, AVAILABLE NOW.

 

HELEN CHATTERTON COLLABORATION

Helen Chatterton
Helen Chatterton in her studio

Helen Chatterton is a Liverpool-based textile artist who typically works with Harris Tweed, and other fine textiles. She creates handmade luxury items with the use of unusual colour and fabric combinations. 

Because of her love of colour and traditional fabrics, Helen was naturally inspired by the rich indigo, decorative patterns and heritage of BLUEHANDED’s fabrics.

 

More about Helen and her work can be found on her website; http://www.helenchattertontextiles.co.uk/

 

The elegant simplicity of our blue indigo, beautifully juxtaposes both in design and function with the thicker texture, and colourful nature of Harris Tweed. Consequently these handmade pieces are unique both in design and function. Both of the fabrics key attributes are utilised to provide both warmth and comfort.

 

This East Meets West collaboration brings a modern twist to two classic fabrics. 

 

 

tartan
LONDON SCARF - Red check Harris Tweed and Indigo Cotton

Helen Chatterton
Liverpool scarves -
variations of Harris Tweed and Indigo LYHB.

Indigo style
Liverpool blue green check scarf

 

Hand-crafted scarves made from sustainably produced Lan Yin Hua Bu indigo hand-dyed cotton, and traditional British Harris Tweed.

 

ONLINE SHOP, AVAILABLE NOW.