I have a long held love of paisley. There was the most gorgeous wool shawl I convinced my mother she should buy in Maleny, and now borrow regularly. Thanks Mum! I had a range of paisley brooches that I sold at Indigo Cactus in the Valley (r.i.p.) when I first left art college. They were so spiky- I’m so sorry to everyone who bought one and has stabbed every person they’ve hugged ever since.
Recently at Ipswich Art Gallery (me old favourite) was the most amazing exhibition of textiles by Jill Kinnear. Long story short, she created pattern plates out of different metals, which she then passed through an airport security scanner. The resulting colour patterns are woven in wool and printed on crepe de chine, in a update on paisley and plaid.
And then what should show up at Kiln the other day, but these luscious little drawings by Natalie Perkins. Aaauuurgh… insert drooling noise here. And they’re even better, as Danielle pointed out, because of their titles: Strawberry and Lime, Mandarin and Violet, Spearmint and Cocoa.
My reputation as a coolhunter is not long and illustrious, but I’m willing to state to the public ear of the interwebs: I think Paisley is the Next Big Thing.