PINCH and Mourne Textiles are proud to present their collaboration LUACHANNA; a collection of cushions and wall hangings to celebrate artistic making, symbolizing the shared values that both brands bring to creating elegant and dimensional products, putting craft at the centre of their passion for British manufacture.
Kick starting PINCH’s celebrations to mark their 15th year, and created for London Craft Week 2019, the textile range is designed by Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon, and produced by Mourne Textiles in their County Down workshop in the Mourne mountains.
PINCH owners Russell and Oona, and Mario Sierra of Mourne Textiles, who happen to be South London neighbours, held a long time mutual appreciation of one another’s visual language and commitment to a design process that respects materiality and honest making. London Craft Week provides the perfect platform to combine their respective disciplines of furniture and textile design and manufacture, as they join forces in concept and making.
The collection showcases the art of hand loom weaving, gentle sculptural impact, close colour relationships and the beauty of natural materials in their purest form.
With the wall hanging PINCH were keen to push the hand loom process to its limits. A standard loom weave pattern is characteristically linear and block set in its layout. PINCH’s concept was to immortalise the beauty of the Mourne Mountains undulations within the graphics of the wall hanging, pushing the technical build to a style more associated with tapestry weaving created on a vertical loom. The pattern is inspired by the natural peaks and troughs of the landscape surrounding the workshop of Mourne Textiles in Northern Ireland.
Russell Pinch first sketched the undulations from Mourne Textiles’ many beautiful photographic captures of the famous mountain landscape, he then hand drew the design into a pattern layout and recoloured it in classic PINCH colourways across a dusty pink, warm yellow and natural tone spectrum.
In order to create a fully dimensional product, albeit with the sensitivity and gentleness that both brands excel in, Mourne Textiles referred to an archive weave first created by Mourne Textiles’ founder Gerd Hay - Edie in 1950 for a wall covering displayed at The Festival of Britain. Uneven threading delivers a varied, lace -like pattern within the weave, playing on vertical lines as well as horizontal.
Now second generation Mourne Textiles weaver, Karen Hay-Edie, (daughter of Gerd), who studied tapestry at the beginning of her weave training in Norway, commits 25 hours of weave time to each hanging, a true labour of love, concentration and celebration of the craft.
The cushions, available in a mustard and dusty apricot blush colour way, are of a plain weave structure marrying wool warp and cotton weft yarns, inspired by the sampler start point of any weave process. During this studio exploratory phase, the weaver introduces different textures and yarn weights by changing the weft yarn in the shuttle to explore how different combinations of warp and weft affect the dimensional shadows and create rhythm and pattern in the final fabric.
The LUACHANNA cushions riff on this textural shift, and close colour relationships that change subtly across the weave journey, and celebrate the happy accidents and lucky magic that are the true gifts of the weave process. Representing honest construction, the cushions make a virtue of the full span of fabric, and feature a natural fringe finish on the rear of the cushion.