2017 news

Hello to all, welcome to my website.

As my family changes and grows, and so do I, I find myself propelled forwards into what feels right to me now: I have joined a design collective, SOL, so that I can develop my work, with the support and guidance of others.I have refined my products to include a mixture of the hand printed & painted, (and the soon-to-be digitally printed), & aiming at reaching a wider audience, with the assistance of social media:

Facebook- Hilary Collins textiles
Instagram- hilarycollins.textiles.

Website update to follow also, with new photos.

Fundamentally, I am going bigger, and committing to getting what I feel is my ‘life purpose’ out there, moving more into the area of yoga, meditation and spiritual development, with my textiles.

At the present time, I’m in the process of reevaluating teaching the textile workshops I’ve been holding, I will post info here about it, though please feel free to contact me if you’re interested.

I’m now using the Mandala very much in my work, loosely meaning ‘circle’. It’s a geometric device used as an aid to meditation, & can be seen as a diagram of a miniature, complete universe. I’ve been developing my ideas, carving my own stamps & printing them onto hand dyed silk for my new lined scarves (£45), silk lavender filled eye pillows,(£16.50)& Gold Collection power word artworks, (£16.50).I also have a range of Mandala painted stones, (£6).

My eye pillows are sort of elongated lavender bag to go over closed eyes, whilst relaxing. They are a natural progression on from lavender bags, you can keep them in your drawer when not in use, for double benefit. I have supplied Triyoga (Camden, Soho and Chelsea, London),Breeze Yoga, Karma Studios, Rhythm of Beauty & Yogastuff, and Sophie Bashford’s Retreat as gifts. They are all hand dyed, in a new range of colours: angelic blue, love pink, peace purple, Spring green, ancient gold. (£16.50,2 for £32; 3 for £45).

Hilary Collins

 

DISTINCTIVE HAND PAINTED SILK SCARVES AND ACCESSORIES WITH A SLIGHTLY RETRO, QUIRKY FEEL

Since graduating in Textiles in `85, I`ve worked freelance in Print Design for dress fabrics, selling abroad and in the UK, through agencies.

My passion for working with pattern and colour has more recently lead me to create a finished product: the scarf. It provides a wonderful blank canvas for my designs, literally, as the silk is stretched on a frame. I love the spontaneity of painting freehand directly onto the scarf, the designs often originating from geometric or plant forms.The colours are very important to me, and I think they`re the first thing that attracts the eye. They are often almost `Vintage`, even brighter colours having a soft edge to them. I dye and redye, in order to achieve the colour I want.

I work from my home in Kent, England, and I sell my work at Craft Fairs, and some Galleries.Prices range from £15 (square scarf), through £25 (long scarf), £39 (circular scarf and beaded long scarf) & £42 & £60 (lined scarves, two sizes).

As all silk is hand dyed, some unevenness may occur. The scarves are all handwashable in cold water, and can be scrunched up for a crinkly effect, or cool ironed, if required.