Designer of the Day…Anita Quansah
It never ceases to amaze me all the things you can do with textiles. The obvious example are garments and quilts, but I sometimes feel that the world of accessories doesn’t get as much credit as it should. Especially when the accessories are ornate, gorgeous pieces of jewelry like these necklaces by Anita Quansah. This London based textile designer has got some awesome, awesome statement necklaces that use everything from fabric to stones, to chains.
Quansah was educated at the Chelsea Colleg of Art & Design where she obtained her BA in textile design. Since then, she has worked with such designers as Christian LaCroix and Ischiko to create embroidered textile pieces that are just as intrictae as they are beautiful. Her technique is what amazes me the most. She uses hand embroidery, machine embroidery, and a mix of vintage and modern fabrics to create multi-dimensional necklaces and in some cases garments. She calls it “painting with texture”.
She draws inspiration from such greats as Monet, which is very apparent in her use of floral textiles. These works simply blow me away…the necklaces are so in-your-face. And in a good way, in my opinion. Check out her flickr to see some more great pieces…Great, great work!