THOUGHTS OF OTHER
THOUGHTS OF OTHER
A typical British summers day, grey, overcast and threatening to unleash a myriad of H20 at any given second. The sun makes a brief split second appearance, mocking as it slithers back under the sky blanket. The earthy tones that flourish on these dull lifeless days leads me straight into todays post and the work of Dylan Knight “Thoughts Of Other” prepare to be inspired.
Summer linens with handmade .925 silver buttons entwine with handwoven raw silk exteriors that are layered with partial raw silk linings hand dyed with persimmon. The intricacies of the details are second to none, from the fabric selections of hand woven raw silk and hemp through to the richly exquisite dye treatments, using traditional Chinese natural dye methods consisting of yams, river mud, and iron. Not satisfied with creating the entire garment by hand down to the last stitch, Dylan showcases the step by step creation of each garment detail with a hand scribed letter bound in a hand made leather book cover. Dylan's work and attention to each individual detail rises from the ashes of todays ugly fast fashion scene like a spectacularly flamboyant phoenix.
Handmade hardened calf leather buttons, offer a soft contrast to the re-used French steel buttons from the 1910’s and the hand made oxidised .925 silver buttons that feature throughout the collection. The silhouettes are relaxed and minimal with a nod to traditional Japanese tailoring. A true artisan in every possible way and an absolute pleasure to bare witness to the evolution of a modern day master.
"Tea is something I’ve rather grown to enjoy. It is a ritual and a meditation that I can be with on a daily basis. Selecting the tea, pouring the water, sitting with it while the leaves steep, and then a simple cup by myself or with a friend until the pot is emptied. A time for reflection and awareness. I recently hand stitched and dyed these two raw silk tea mats to rest on my wooden tray. The persimmon dye and tea, with traces of iron from the pot, compound create many beautiful and deep tones."
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