Monday, 28 December 2009

Embellished Designs by Anita Quansah

Anita Quansah embellishment

I love embellishment as a way of adding interesting colour, pattern and texture to an outfit. It is however quite rare (if it ever happens at all) to see really inspiring embellishment on clothing from the sorts of high street shops that I can usually afford to shop in. The most amazing embellishment is usually reserved for the couture collections.

I love the work of Anita Quansah who studied BA textile design at Chelsea College of Art and Design London, 2000-2003. She has designed for amongst others Christian Lacroix, DKNY, Diane Von Furstenberg, Ischiko, Victoria Secret, Ecko and textiles Weisbrod Zurrer and Sandy Starkman. In 2004, she collaborated with Christian Lacroix designing and embroidering a jacket featured at the Haute Couture shows.

It is a real shame that such beautiful clothes are unlikely to ever be available to the likes of myself, but the high price tags are most definitely undestandable and justifiable based on the huge amount of work and time that goes into each piece. Anita individually hand embellishes each piece free hand using reclaimed and vintage fabrics to add texture in a similar way that painters add colour by painting onto a canvas. She uses a variety of techniques to achieve the end result including fabric manipulation, appliqué, hand and machine embroidery to create undulating raised floral textures that seem to float on the fabric. Inspirations for Anita's work is taken from great artists such as Monet, Gustav Klimt, and Robert John Thornton and from nature, garden, floral and its ever changing beauty that surrounds it, the colour, texture, the shapes, patterns, tone, placements and proportion.

Anita Quansah creates one off handmade embroidered wearable art, flat and 3 dimensional fabrics for interior, fashion, accessories and wall art for commercial and private installations. Her clothes are available from Jewellery from and

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