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My work tends to evolve in a very organic way, only loosely following the seasons in fashion, largely because it is what I find on my travels, in vintage or charity shops, at car-boots, or even the odd jumble sale, that dictates what garment is born.
In winter, I work mainly with knitwear: arran sweaters, lambswool and cashmere. The pieces I create begin life as a patchwork, a jigsaw puzzle on the floor, with myself in the middle of it all, dreaming until the shape jumps into a jumper, curves into a cardigan coat or slips into skirt. They are very much one-offs, with a signature cut or detail, such as suede appliqué, buttons, lace, rajasthani embroidered or mirrored pieces, woven into the design.
In summer, my passion turns to piecing together vintage silk scarves with chiffon and plain silk, to make a limited run of fabric, as little as 6 metres, out of which will come 3 or 4 pieces. Here I can repeat…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 11
  • Joined September 30, 2009

Favorite materials

Cashmere, Lambswool, Silk Scarves, Hemp, Cotton, Sheepskin, Repurposed Clothing, Sweaters, Vintage Blankets, T shirts, Shirts

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About

My work tends to evolve in a very organic way, only loosely following the seasons in fashion, largely because it is what I find on my travels, in vintage or charity shops, at car-boots, or even the odd jumble sale, that dictates what garment is born.
In winter, I work mainly with knitwear: arran sweaters, lambswool and cashmere. The pieces I create begin life as a patchwork, a jigsaw puzzle on the floor, with myself in the middle of it all, dreaming until the shape jumps into a jumper, curves into a cardigan coat or slips into skirt. They are very much one-offs, with a signature cut or detail, such as suede appliqué, buttons, lace, rajasthani embroidered or mirrored pieces, woven into the design.
In summer, my passion turns to piecing together vintage silk scarves with chiffon and plain silk, to make a limited run of fabric, as little as 6 metres, out of which will come 3 or 4 pieces. Here I can repeat shapes and patterns, but the fabric will rarely be repeated in the same garment.
Working in this way fuels constant change and challenge to interpret something old into a new life. I get a real kick out of finding something that fits in with previous hoarded treasure that has been waiting to be worked on.
Please check out my FACEBOOK page albums for past work or inspiration
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Darryl-Black

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