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Brazilwood Natural-dyed Constellation Marbled Shibori Lampshade

by Romor Designs



Shibori is a slow craft and all my pieces require a number of processes such as stitching, binding or clamping, and dyeing before being assembled into a lovely lampshade.

This pink and white Shibori marbled effect lampshade from Romor Designs is part of the “Constellation” collection recently launched at MADE London by Romor Designs.

It is handmade using vintage French linen that has been carefully manipulated to form hundreds of tiny folds and ridges and then compressed and dyed to form the marbling pattern. The dye distributes unevenly according to where it can find its way into the fabric creating a unique and unrepeatable pattern resembling a constellation in the night sky. Mordanted overnight in Alum, dried for 2 days to absorb the mordant and then dyed using Brazilwood, a woody natural dye the fabric has to be steeped in a hot dye bath for over an hour to capture the delicate pink colour. As with all my handmade fabrics, this is a one of a kind piece, no-one else will have one that is exactly the same.

* Please note: Due to the handmade nature of this item the exact pattern and colour you receive will be similar to but not exactly the same as the one you see featured.

Perfect in the lounge, bedroom or anywhere else you need a beautiful handmade lamp to illuminate your home. Shibori is a slow craft and all my pieces require a number of processes such as stitching, binding or clamping, as well as dyeing using indigo and other natural dyes before being assembled into a lovely lampshade.

Inspired by the marbling you see on the covers of antique books this piece makes the most of the way the dyes spread unevenly through the carefully crumpled fabric. Fascinated by all things Japanese Rob applies his knowledge of traditional techniques by applying a modern twist and using a range of colours to produce brightly coloured original lighting.

This is available in 3 sizes
Small: 20cm x 18cm
Medium: 30cm x 22cm
Large: 40cm x 25cm

Vintage French linen

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London based Rob learnt his craft on many short courses at West Dean college near Chichester and from studying Shibori and indigo dyeing in the autumn of 2014 with Canadian ex-pat and indigo master, Bryan Whitehead at his stunning mountain home in Fujino, just outside Tokyo. He became a full-time textiles designer in September 2015. Rob works at his studio underneath a railway arch at the back of Broadway Market in Hackney combining traditional Japanese Shibori and other resist dyeing techniques with indigo and natural dyes. He is a firm believer in mindfulness, savouring each moment that we have and actually taking in the world around us, being present and enjoying life and starting each day with a mindfulness meditation to get him in the right frame of mind for leading a creative and productive life.

Shibori itself is a slow craft, often with many hours of stitching, binding, clamping and pole-dyeing followed by more hours at the indigo vat or mordanting, dyeing and over-dyeing fabric to be transformed into lampshades, throws, cushions, table runners, napkins, scarves and other textiles. Rob has recently been part of MADE London and a pop up shop and exhibition 'Colour Saturation' at Craft Central in Clerkenwell.

I am passionate about Japan and slow craft. Historically the Japanese have made no distinction between art and craft, with the choice of materials and processes used being just as important as the end result. They also embrace the idea of 'wabi sabi' reflecting freshness and quietness with beauty and serenity and stating that nothing is ever perfect and that's a good thing in my mind. Excellence and beauty don't have to be perfect. This approach matters a lot to me as many of the hand crafted items I make are subject to randomness: the tightness of the stitches used, the variations in the strength of the dye and the type of water used can all contribute to interesting effects. This often leads to unexpectedly beautiful variations on the planned result. This makes every piece unique, a one-off, an important aspect of what I believe in.

I am often influenced by nature, particularly movement, in water, in clouds and in the forms that plants and trees take and in the contours and language of rocks and stones. Many traditional Japanese shibori techniques reflect nature and are named after things from nature such as 'Kumo', spiderweb, 'Yanagi', willow, and 'Karamatsu', larch. I like to take these techniques and modify them to product original patterns and forms.

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