Monthly Archives: July 2009

Book UP: Digital Textile Design>>


specs on..

There’s a really good new book out: Digital Textile Design by Melanie Bowles and Ceri Isaac.

It’s the first practical book I’ve seen on Textile designing on the computer, even including tutorials on repeats, stripes, fashion illustration etc in lovely photoshop/illustrator. If you’re writing anything on new technology (dissertation kids) there’s also a wealth of knowledge and stats on this relatively new development in textiles.

The best bit though is the spread of inspirational work, from new designers freely experimenting in their graduate collections, to more established designers playing and creating beautiful new work (have a sneeky look at how hussein chalayan made the prints for those mental dresses in AW07, AIRBOURNE, shown most recently in the design museum show).

how??! Hussein Chalayan >>

Its also definitely worth having a look at Melanie’s work : -loads of interesting stuff including her digital shibori, mixing up craft and technology. nice.


craft v. digital

(images hussein chalayan & Melanie Bowles, thanks Mel!)


load of old jumble > > >


come on over

come on over

Artquest Jumble Sale

this Sunday, 19th July,

Rag Factory (off Brick Lane)

16- -18 Heneage Street E1 5LJ  11am – 4pm

A source of rare treats and much jumble, you can also have some cake and tea.

Helen and Emma have zoomed all over London (well, within reason…) to pull together some interesting finds for their tressle table. Vintage luggage, pin badges, lanterns, tea cups and books…

All proceeds will go into funding – the cupboard – and cake purchase… 

Be really good to see you there,

the cupboard crew for more info

welcome to the cupboard


Welcome to the cupboard’s new bloggo!

The Cupboard has evolved from a basic common need affecting many of the people we know –the need for a platform to show unique and original, non commercial design.

This is the plan:

-to promote new design talent, in every field

-to showcase found objects of beauty, function and inspiration

-the simple gathering of amazing ideas, information, whatever . . .  -what’s going on in every field and context

Eventually it would be amazing to provide emerging designer makers not only a showcase platform, but a network of facilities and support links, building a big old web!

We love one-off pieces, small print runs and commissions. We love new things.

We look for the best, the original, the funny and the challenging in every field.

To get involved however you like, please email