I’ve always been a huge fabric fan. I often buy bits and pieces, not knowing what I’ll do with them, but absolutely needing them in my collection. I’ve bought shirts and skirts at charity shops just to use their fabric to make cushions – remember this post?
I bought these African fabrics from a stall in Dalston, East London, quite near my house. At £5 for 6 metre bundles, it’s a total bargain. They ended up sparking the idea for this next project and I’ve since bought piles of the stuff. Ok, so you have to be a decent doodler or, like me, at least willing to give it a go and see what happens. But it’s worth a try as the results are really lovely.
I found some plain white tiles in my basement and with a permanent marker, I loosely copied each fabric’s design onto it. It took a couple of go’s for each one, but after I got in the zone, it was really therapeutic. You could use any design from fabric, wallpaper, a pattern you see in a book or in nature. Or you could make up your own as you go, maybe sketching it out first.
The result is a stack of pretty little tiles you can use for coasters or just propped up along a windowsill serving no purpose but to be pretty.
Remember, Life Unstyled is all about the beauty in imperfection, so don’t stress. Have a bit of a scribble and see what you get. I’d love to see results so email me if you give it a go.
Beautiful photography by Sarah Hogan.