True Gritby Polly Leonard
With less than one week to go until the Selvedge Spring Fair in Bath, we are looking forward to spending time in the beautiful and historic city. Home to many independent shops and galleries and surrounded some of the loveliest countryside in England, it is unsurprising that Bath has often been a source of inspiration for designer Carole Waller.
Carole Waller is a painter who specialises in painting with dye directly onto cloth for the purpose of making completely unique painted silk clothing – art to wear (called Wearable Art in the US). She has perfected the art of painting directly onto silk, making a wearable and washable painting with incredible richness of mark and colour.
Carole Waller's latest collection for Spring 2019, "Grit", envokes the shades and textures of January sunlight. Her original painted garments and scarves are made from all-natural materials, such as silk, bamboo and organic cotton, and were inspired by the architecture of cities like Bath and Rome. This collection is primarily abstract and explores how colour and energy can be eclipsed by darkness but still seep out at the edges in a powerful way.
Carole's tiny but delightful shop, Waller & Wood, is in the middle of Bath, 4 Abbey Green Bath BA1 1NW. Selvedge readers in London will also be able to see Carole's work at MADE: Canary Wharf from 28 - 31 March 2019.
Images by: Egle Vasi
And Jewellery by: Emily Kidson , Shelby Fitzpatrick and Su Trindle. Available in the Waller and Wood store.