Popping Up at West Elm Store - Kingston

coraux mei was very nicely invited by West Elm - Kingston Upon Thames - Surrey (an old haunt!) to join them for a Pop Up shop for 3 Days in May (11th-13th) to celebrate London Craft Week.

It was a great three days to be surrounded by lush furniture, lovely staff, great locals and also the really talented Miesje Chafer Textile Designer who also had a pop-up.

Thank you, West Elm!

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A Thailand Textile adventure with TAT

 

::: O F F .  T O .  T H A I L A N D :::   (FOR A WEEK!)

The coming few days will be a very educational and exciting adventure for coraux mei as coraux mei has been invited by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to take part in a textile adventure with seven other UK designers.

This is part of the 'Discover Thainess' Thailand Campaign for 2015 where we will be discovering and learning about Thai textiles and traditional design for one week. 

 

 

One group; consisting of a great pair of ladies of  The Basket Room (amazing baskets from Kenya) - shall be on their way to the hills in the Nan Province in the north of Thailand exploring Thai-Lue COTTON textiles, whilst coraux mei will be joining the SILK exploration visiting a village in the Surin & Buri Ram province. The silk typical to this region is Mud-Mee Silk and I can't wait to learn how is is produced and share more!

We will then spend time out there  making a new product using our textiles (Mud-Mee silk for me!) and finally present our designed + made products and share our discoveries with  the Thai Minister of Tourism. 

Being grateful for such an opportunity, I am looking forward to find out more about a country and culture I adore already and to experiment with a textile new to coraux mei. And also to meet the other designers! To follow the journey, tune into the updates on the blog here, FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Huge thanks to TAT! 

To find out more about travelling in Thailand - here's a great guide to follow with COWORKER!

Kop khun kha คุณ ขอบคุณ :)

Charles Darwin School Visit

A few months ago, coraux mei made a visit to a GCSE Textile Design and Technology class at the Charles Darwin School in Kent, England. I gave a short talk on what coraux mei is about and talked about symbolic tribal textiles and what they mean in (namely) H'mong culture. The class had so many questions! It was great to see their enthusiasm. 

To top it off, I set a little task for the class to create their very own symbolic meaningful patterns and designs in repetitive form. It was a very fun morning - watching their designs unfold was really inspiring. Some including 'Macdonalds' logos and burgers!

A few months later, I have found it very inspiring once again after receiving an image of the fruits of their labour!  Handprinted colourful patterned fabric made into an iPhone case (no signs of Macdz or burgers!). Truly GREAT work class! I trust they will do very well now and in future :)

Designers/Makers Interview

Hello all! I hope you all had a marvellous Easter break.

I have given a little interview to the wonderful Designers/Makers - an international agency that hosts monthly craft fairs of independents designers and makers in Spitalfields Market in London, UK.  

If you'd like to read the interview that Verity has really kindly written up, click on the following link: http://designersmakers.com/dm-dialogue/

Looking forward to take part in more of their fairs this coming summer.

May x