Turning things around.

As I said before most of my tapestries were lovely as is once washed and made into pillows but chance showed me one day that the side that most people never see can be just as beautiful if not more so. Studying the thousands of stitches gave me the idea to show the reverse side of these works of art and turn them into 'something else' . This technique makes the pillows look a hundred years old in the way the English use antique textiles in interior design in England's great old homes. Finding really nice old frayed tapestries is almost imossible unless you are prepared to go to many sales and sift through the piles of musty museum pieces you can sometimes find there. Using the back side of these fifty year old tapestries gives you a hard wearing equivelent that can fit in with modern upcycled interior design. Here are some of my first trials which I think look really good. I backlined them with a gorgeous piece of designer fabric left over from covering one of Britt's sofas some years ago, its a great almost denim color and really compliments the tapestry colors. All the photographs were taken by my friend Britt Erlanson whose work you can see on Getty-Images. The photographs were taken in the gardens of a lovely old French house here in the country.