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Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award: Nellie Ryan

Nellie Ryan - winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // photography as featured in Homestyle mag // Studio Home

Last year I slotted in on the judging panel for the annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award. Just like the year before, it was thrilling to see the short lists and degree of talent in the locally submitted work (bodes well New Zealand!!). While Bolt of Cloth provide a version of heaven for fabric loving makers and decorators; I tip my hat to their committed effort at spotlighting domestic design talent with this ongoing project.

Of course, there was one entry that rose to the top for all three of us (Bolt of Cloth founder; Suzannah Tonascia, Homestyle Editor; Alice Lines and moi) and that was the work of Nellie Ryan. 

The resulting collection between Nellie and Bolt of Cloth is both bold and fluid. The colourways and playful graphics would slide into a really broad spectrum of homes of different aesthetics and its damn exciting that you can also buy this quality fabric by the meter!

These images are part of a terrific feature on the collection in the latest Homestyle magazine and you can explore the winning range in its total here online or at any of the Bolt of Cloth stores.

I thought I would take the opportunity to learn more about Nellie in her own right as a very experienced and diverse creative professional. We talked about inspiration, working from home and her personal direction when decorating her own spaces.

Nellie Ryan - winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // photography as featured in Homestyle mag // Studio Home

Working from home can be a double edged sword when it comes to productivity! What is your experience with this and how do you combat the distractions?

Time restraints with deadlines means I can’t always wait until I’m ‘feeling creative’. Sometimes I just have to turn it on and make it happen. Trying to stay focused at the job at hand can be really hard at times when working from home… I’m terrible at getting sidetracked checking out social media, the ‘just for 5 mins’ usually turns into half an hour, down the instagram rabbit hole. I have to remind myself when I’m looking at gorgeous images I’m not actually creating anything myself (that’s usually enough to snap me out of my trance).
Generally when I’m procrastinating my house looks a lot tidier, which is one bonus! You’ll find me sorting or organising things, I think by doing that it relaxes part of my brain and gives me time to think about the job I’m about to start working on. Once I’ve been briefed on a new job I try to start on it soon after the briefing, as that’s when the ideas are most fresh and I’m feeling most enthusiastic about it, really good to get pen on paper then, rather than wait a week, and come back to it. When that happens I can lose the momentum. Also I break the job down into bite size chunks, so it’s less overwhelming and feels more do-able.

Nellie Ryan - winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // photography as featured in Homestyle mag // Studio Home

Despite your huge body of illustrative work for books, brands and commissioned jobs – it’s obvious you are concentrating on more and more textiles and products aimed squarely at the “home”.
How would you describe your personal interior style and aesthetic when it comes to your home spaces?

I’ve always been bit obsessed with interiors and have a passion designing textiles for the home. My personal style is relaxed, yet I like to think it’s little sophisticated with some quirky touches.

I love having lots of books and art around me and live in a light filled house. There’s a blend of old and new pieces together, mixing midcentury lamps and sideboard with cleanline modern pieces. Most of the objects I surround myself with were collected from my travels or from vintage markets and carboot sales. I’m attracted to slightly offbeat or beautiful objects and always love finding out the back story of where these pieces came from. Though I don’t like unnecessary clutter and do love to edit my space from time to time.
My style now is more about simplicity, natural fabrics, texture and interesting print combinations. The older I get I really appreciate quality and design longevity over the ‘sugar rush’ of cheap, fast, mass produced fashion looks which require people to buy and dispose of pieces seasonally which is unsustainable and generally doesn’t inspire the same sentimentality and nostalgia as a good quality piece does. I always try and carry that through into my own designs, as it’s important for me that my designs stand the test of time.

Nellie Ryan - winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // photography as featured in Homestyle mag // Studio Home

Your career has exposed you to some major local and international names in design (Kate Sylvester and Jasper Conran to name just a few!)
Who out there in the creative world provides you with inspiration?

Currently I’m listening to some great podcasts and reading about some really inspiring females, their extraordinary stories and their ability to sustain successful careers over their lifetime. I’m resonating more with hearing stories of artists who have faced challenges or just hearing about their creative evolution over time.

One of my favourite artists is Louise Bourgeois. Her career peaked at 70, which is wonderful to think maybe the best is still to come. I’m really inspired by designers Elsa Shaperelli, Celia Birtwell, Barbara Hepworth, Bridget Riley, Florence Broadhurst, Corita Ken ( an amazing graphic designing Nun!), Lucienne Day ( so many more!) and what they were able to achieve.
I am also constantly inspired by my creative friends who take risks to be doing what they doing and always give great advice. I listen to Kathryn Ryan, on the RNZ Morning Show and BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour online, both radio show have a wonderful line up of interesting guests. Great books I’d mention would be Elsa Schiaparelli ‘Shocking Life’ and Peggy Guggenheim, ‘Out of this century’.

Nellie Ryan - winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // photography as featured in Homestyle mag // Studio Home

You had 10 amazing years based in London before returning back to the homeland. Do you think being based back in New Zealand has influenced your work?

The pace of life and laid back, ‘can do’ attitude of New Zealanders has influenced me by finding more life/work balance and helped me nurture my creative side a bit more.

If you were only allowed to hang the work of ONE artist on your walls….who would it be?

Hard question! Hmm I’m going to say David Hockey, I’ve loved his work and it’s so diverse from his pool scenes in LA from the 1960’s through to his most recent oversized hyper colour paintings of the Yorkshire landscape.

Where are your favourite haunts in Auckland ?

I spend a lot of time with my partner and son locally around Point Chevalier, where we live. It has a great community vibe, lovely beach, lots of parks and a few interesting places to eat. I also love a good forage in charity shops, looking at old books and hunting for treasures to then sneak back into the house. And always love popping into beautifully curated shops, like Flotsam and Jetsam, Tessuti and Simon James plus some of the wonderful independent books shops like the Women’s Book Shop and Novel Bookstore. Browsing art galleries on K Road happens too!
Our favourite dinner haunt would be Coco’s Cantina on K Road. Damaris and Renee are so hospitable and it always has a great atmosphere. A Friday night drink or two at Golden Dawn is always fun (especially as I’m out less these days),  I can usually bump into a few old friends.

Nellie Ryan - winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // photography as featured in Homestyle mag // Studio Home

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Hilary Knox – winner of Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award

Hilary Knox - Winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // New Zealand - available online // Photography by Larnie Nicolson for Homestyle magazine
Above: Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award Winner 2016 – Hilary Knox!
Photography by Larnie Nicolson for Homestyle Magazine
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Last year I was lucky to be given the opportunity to help in judging the annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award. I’ve been an eager witness to the winning designs from the years previous and to be allowed to officially offer an opinion was a new and exciting thing for me!
I met with Bolt of Cloth chiefess; Suz Tonascia in their Christchurch HQ where we methodically worked through their selected finalists. The standard was high and it was even more exciting to see some distinctively fresh points of view and aesthetics being offered up.
But for me, the soft beautiful work of Hilary Knox was a clear and an immediate stand out. 
Her designs were nature inspired and even more interestingly, featured chooks! (hens/chickens…pick your term) It all felt very un-rehearsed to me like it had all come out of her own mind and own world. This is something that is so hard to find in this time of rapid visual inspiration. Without even knowing it, so many emerging designers produce work in accidental heavy reponse to trends!
So from my view, Hilary Knox hit the ball out of the park and I am SO excited to see what this terrific award will springboard her to next!

Thanks to Bolt of Cloth and Homestyle for getting in behind such a positive, industry led push for our young NZ design talent.

Hilary Knox - Winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // New Zealand - available online // Photography by Larnie Nicolson for Homestyle magazine Hilary Knox - Winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // New Zealand - available online // Photography by Larnie Nicolson for Homestyle magazine Hilary Knox - Winner of annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design competition // New Zealand - available online // Photography by Larnie Nicolson for Homestyle magazine

Photography by Larnie Nicolson for Homestyle magazine
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Bolt of Cloth Textile Competition: winner + giveaway

Maddie Morton - Winner of the Bolt of Cloth  Textile Design Competition // Photography by Andy Hewson for interview in Homestyle Magazine // New Zealand // as featured on Studio Home - creative talent from the lands down under. Introducing some fresh new NZ design talent to you all!
Wellington design student; Maddie Morton came out with the winning collection entered into the annual Bolt of Cloth textile competition (previous winner was Josie Dawson). I LOVE the fresh colour palette and ultra detailed hand drawn pattern inspired by Wellington’s busy and vibrant Cuba Street.

Read on below to learn more about Maddie and her winning work with thanks to Homestyle magazine and their feature appearing in this months issue.

Like what you see?

Perhaps you would like to win a cushion? And a magazine subscription?
Details below

Maddie Morton - Winner of the Bolt of Cloth  Textile Design Competition // Photography by Andy Hewson for interview in Homestyle Magazine // New Zealand // as featured on Studio Home - creative talent from the lands down under. Maddie Morton - Winner of the Bolt of Cloth  Textile Design Competition // Photography by Andy Hewson for interview in Homestyle Magazine // New Zealand // as featured on Studio Home - creative talent from the lands down under.

NOW IN its second year, Bolt of Cloth’s competition offering budding textile designers the chance to turn their working drawings into real-life prints has once again created some amazing results. After some tough competition, Wellington textile design student Maddie Morton took out the top prize at the end of last year, and has gone on to spend the summer working at Bolt of Cloth. Here she talks to us about her winning collection – based on the aesthetic of the iconic Cuba Street – and how she has honed her skills to suit the market.

What was your inspiration for the prints you worked on for the Bolt Of Cloth collaboration?

After living in Wellington for three years, Cuba Street became my main influence for this design. It is an eclectic and iconic street in Wellington, home to award-winning restaurants, as well as quirky fashion and design boutiques. What I found most interesting about the street was the contrast between the beautiful Edwardian architecture featured on the exterior of many of these buildings, and the textiles inside almost every one of them. I began drawing elements from both, and through collage, painting, and drawing my textile collection was formed.

After winning the award, was there much refining to be done before the designs went into print?

The designs have developed a lot since winning the award. The initial collection was blue and a salmon pink. After careful consideration, I decided to change the colours to both truly reflect my subject matter, and also to be a lot more gender neutral. I want people to be able to easily place my designs in their homes.

Are they available as fabrics by the metre as well as cushions?

Yes. The fabric is printed on medium-weight cotton-linen blend, so it can potentially be used for soft furnishings as well as cushions.

You’ve been working at Bolt of Cloth over summer. Has dealing directly with customers influenced your decision-making process as a designer?

Definitely! It has been a really amazing and inspiring experience, helping people choose really beautiful textiles for their homes. I have definitely been listening to what customers want in terms of colour and practicality, and I hope my designs can offer people this. It has been really interesting in terms of designing for both current, future, and classic trends, and has really built my knowledge and influenced my need to be diverse as a designer.

What is next for Maddie Morton?

I have one more year of my degree to go so this year I will mostly be focusing on that. I hope to continue designing in New Zealand after I finish university, and would love to look into creating and promoting sustainable textiles in New Zealand, which are both visually pleasing and ethically sourced.

Maddie’s cushion collection can be bought in store or at Bolt of Cloth – where you can also find details on how to enter this year’s competition.

Maddie Morton - Winner of the Bolt of Cloth  Textile Design Competition // Photography by Andy Hewson for interview in Homestyle Magazine // New Zealand // as featured on Studio Home - creative talent from the lands down under. Maddie Morton - Winner of the Bolt of Cloth  Textile Design Competition // Photography by Andy Hewson for interview in Homestyle Magazine // New Zealand // as featured on Studio Home - creative talent from the lands down under. Imagery courtesy of Homestyle Magazine
Photography by Andrew Hewson
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ENTER TO WIN YOUR FAVOURITE CUSHION AND A YEARS SUBSCRIPTION TO HOMESTYLE MAGAZINE

PLUS A CUSHION + INNER FOR A FRIEND!

 

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED
CONGRATULATIONS KATE NISBET! 

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 TO ENTER:
– Simply click through to explore Maddie’s new collection at Bolt Of Cloth here and in the comments below tell us which cushion you would like to win and a second choice to give to your bestie.

– For a second entry locate the competition post on the Studio Home FB and share your selection in the comments below it, tagging in your lucky friend who will win their choice too!
(you can follow Bolt of Cloth and Homestyle magazine here too )

COMPETITION DETAILS:
– Open to NZ and Australian readers
– Winner will be drawn at random and will receive the cushion cover + inner of choice, a 1 year Homestyle magazine subscription and a second cushion + inner to give to a friend.
– Competition drawn on Thursday 26th March.

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the hunt stops here…… #12

Umbrella at Bolt of Cloth // New Zealand - available online

WHAT: the Marimekko umbrella collection at Bolt of Cloth!
WHERE: online at Bolt of Cloth!
WHO FOR: those that are committed to walking to work, rain hail or shine OR perhaps are often submitted to being sideline sports cheerleaders

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Umbrella at Bolt of Cloth // New Zealand - available online HUNT STOPS yellow SHOP

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make/use

make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under

I was introduced to the super interesting and creative make/use project just last week by photographer Bonny Stewart- MacDonald. In fact…her own post on make/use combined with the story behind the beautiful imagery she has created for them is so good and clear that I’m not going to mess with it!!

make/use is the ongoing research project of Holly McQuillan and the creative forces she collaborates with. Through the use of patterns and stencils that McQuillan has made open source, anyone (and I mean anyone, the process is genius) can create any one of the garments from this collection.
Built around concepts of zerowaste in the production of fashion garments, the magical and earth saving aspect of this collection is that the word offcut becomes obsolete, nothing goes to waste. Every garment begins as a single flat piece of fabric cut from a standard width bolt of cloth.

As well as the strong imagery already associated with the branding and ethos of make/use, the concept that sparked with my own design sensibilities was the idea of something flat becoming a form with physical depth. I sought out domestic and industrial spaces that I could photograph in a way that suggests both flat and form simultaneously. These images are paired with the fashion portraits, where we worked with model Sophie McElwain-Wilson from Kirsty Bunny. Her hair was crafted at Willis York and Elise MacMillan was our makeup artist (and lighting assistant). Talented MakeUse videographer Mon made a cameo as the male model and we were supplied footwear by I Love Paris and artfully handcrafted jewellery from Vanessa Arthur and Fran Carter. Any creative person knows the struggle it takes to materialise a concept from a vision; presenting this work has been the most fulfilling moment of my career to date. What really topped the project off was the creative and talented individuals I got to collaborate with from the make/use team: Jen Archer-Martin, Greta Menzies, Emma Fox-Derwin, Jo Bailey, Karl Kane, Jason O’Hara, Mon Patel and Isaac Dalkie. ”

Visit the team at Objectspace in Auckland, New Zealand this July for an exhibition and series of workshops.

make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down undermake/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny Stewart-MacDonald // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down undermake/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny Stewart-MacDonald // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down undermake/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down undermake/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down under make/use: an exhibition and workshop series exploring user-modifiable, zero waste fashion // a project by Holly McQuillan // Auckland, New Zealand // Photography and styling by Bonny  Stewart-MacDonald  // as featured on Studio Home - daily introductions to creative talent from the lands down underImagery and story by Bonny Stewart MacDonald for make/use
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CARTWHEELING GREAT ONLINE STORES FOR PREZZIE SHOPPING!

Okay. My book is calling me …but the screams of your hair as you pull it out in pre-Christmas frustration is too loud!
I highly highly recommend these sites for well rounded gift finding of the aussie/kiwi kind (in no particular order:

endemicworld.com
“epic selection of NZ design spanning all budgets”
cleverbastards.co.nz
“up close and personal reviews and works available from clever NZers”
thirddawerdown
“tea towels, bed linen, aprons…all works of art”
moda muse
“Aussie and Kiwi creative goodness shaken and stirred”
House of Aroha
“broad range from person to place..good graphic kiwi finds”
Meadowlark
“quality jewellery destined to be your modern heirloom for someone special”
Bolt of Cloth
“new to the web…ready made homeware from some of your fave fabrics”
ink and spindle
“beautiful fabrics by the metre straight from the printing press in Victoria”
Gorgi
“simple, graphic, divine bedding from NZ”

This should have got you started…but now..if you need more…take a look down the left of your screen until you see the title ” Australasian online stores”. There are masses and masses of beautiful gifts ready for you straight from the makers themselves.
Good luck ya’ll!!!

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