Where are you in the world right now? Are you in an office, or on a bus reading this on your mobile? It’s funny where we find ourselves sometimes.
I was on my way to meet a friend in a rather nice part of town and noticed this fence.
“That’s a rather nice fence,” thought I, and continued on in a rather hurried, tottering manner, juggling my laptop, camera, notepad and the rest of my usual meeting accoutrements.
But in an instant, I loved the faded pink peeling paint, the rusting gate and the autumn leaves blowing past what could be any fence, in any neighbourhood. I stored it away under ‘possibly useless or possibly important’ in my memory bank and got on with the appointment.
Then this Siyona skirt dropped onto my desk, and I was reminded how sometimes beautiful details, like the colour of a fence, can be all the inspiration one needs.
This skirt is woven with metallic thread from looms in a factory in India, where the garment-makers are masters in hand-beading and embroidery techniques. How do I know this? I had the pleasure of meeting the owner of the factory who’s just launched his label here in Oz, with the idea that fabric and textiles should lead the design process, not the other way round.
I’ll write later in more detail about how Siyona produce their garments, but in this instance I thought it would be a nice introduction, by way of an obscure fence, to something I think is truly special.