Monday, February 28, 2011

Found - Mister Finch

These are fantastic - moths made from remnants of vintage embroidered linens. These were created by Mister Finch in the UK. I adore them! So unique and different. Great job.



18 comments:

AnnaVallance said...

That is the most exquisite use of vintage linens that I have ever seen!
This is why I love your blog!

Suz said...

Those are amazing!

'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

normally am repulsed by moths
but these are beautiful
(& congrats on the uk big boy stockists; used to make handmade cards back in the 1990's and was oh so jolly happy to count libertys and harrods amongst my stockists, so understand your buzz)
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andrea of ffft said...

LOVE these! Especially the top one... gorgeous colours too!

found and sewn said...

These are beautiful

lori (aka: marzi) said...

wow! very nice!

suzieQ said...

these are lovely, very creative. I have a question, though. How does one overcome the feeling that they shouldn't violate these old items? I have many of these pieces and I almost feel like I should be a caretaker, rather than cutting them up for a project. I enjoy what others do, but I can't take that first step...any brave words to get me over my hang up?

Fiona Cartolina said...

Thanks everyone - glad you love these too!
i would say suzieQ that the best way to deal with your guilt over chopping up vintage linen is to try to use seriously damaged pieces so that you know that your new project will give it more life than it has in it's current damaged state.
I'm with you on this though, I hate it when i see people pulling apart old books to sell the colour plates individually. I'm always trying to rescue old books :-)
Fiona

Layers and Layers said...

I am all at once repulsed and enamoured by these incredibly beautiful butterflies? moths? the shabby chicness of them is mastermind ... they would look fab in a shadow box! As always, a great find to share with us!

andrea of ffft said...

I agree with Fiona on using vintage pieces that are too damaged to be used for their original purpose. I use a lot of re-loved fabrics and generally look for things that are full of holes or not salvageable. I use a lot of sets of things that are missing their bits as well.

I read a post awhile ago from a woman who had ripped apart an antique sofa because she liked the fabric and then took the frame and fill to the dump. The sad things about it were both how many people responded positively to what she had done, and also that that sofa was almost guaranteed to be a better design and build than nearly anything you could find today. You can't get quality like that anymore... somebody would have given that sofa a happy new home and it could have kept a few more generations comfy and stylin'.

krys kirkpatrick said...

I love these. I appreciate anything handmade by recycling materials already out there. Great find

Finch said...

Hi,
Thankyou for posting about my moths,its so kind of you and incredibley helpful.
Nearly all the fabrics that I use are beyond other uses,tablecloths and knapkins that are ruined by wine and tea seem to quite common.
Also there is something very satisfying about making a moth out of fabrics that have been in turn destroyed by moths.
Thankyou everyone for your comments.
I adore the honesty of being repulsed by something you also think is beautiful-fantastic!
Best wishes and thanks again.
Finch

Nantucket Mermaid said...

Love those moths! I have bags of tattered and torn linens and such that I use for my dolls....love to see them put to good use! Thanks again Fiona! :)----<

Brittany at Home Ground said...

Fiona, these are so pretty. I've always loved moths. The texture and shapes of these ones are just lovely. You really find the very best things :)

Jennifer said...

My oh my .... words can't describe their divine-ness. Bliss..thank you for finding and sharing them.

Heather said...

Absolutely Beautiful!

Mitzi said...

Wow, there are so many clever people in the world! Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful, whimsical creations with us!

Beth Nadler said...

I absolutely love these! Beautiful.

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