Archive / March, 2015

the perfect circle….

customised jackets by McAnaraks

customised jackets by McAnaraks

Over the years I’ve been asked many times where I get my inspiration and ideas from for my clothing . My answer is always “the fabric”. To me, each piece of fabric is a work of art, an artist has designed it, chosen the colours, selected the fibres for it to be woven with, or printed on – they’ve put all of their experience and expertise into it.… Read the rest

to use or not to use….

shisha embroidery from India

shisha embroidery from India

I bought these shisha (or mirrored) embroidered pieces in India sometime last century, they’ve hung around in my workshop for at least 15 years. I intended making them into wearable belts, didn’t happen, and to be honest I think the market for mirrored belts is somewhat limited to belly dancers . They are very heavy and inflexible due to the large number of mirrors on each one, and that limits their usefulness on clothing.Read the rest

a bit about me…..

customised jacket by McAnaraks

customised jacket by McAnaraks

…..and what I get up to in my workshop.
I customise items of clothing that I find in charity shops. I decorate and embellish them with fabric and turn ordinary garments into very special pieces. I’ve been collecting fabric for almost 30 years so I’ve got a lot to choose from.

I also add buttons to them which I make with my partner Steve.… Read the rest