Saturday, February 23, 2008

Rethinking toile

Detail of "Toile and Tats" cushion by Richard Saja

Richard Saja; New Yorker, designer and artist specialising in "Embroidered, Decorative, Graphic and Fine Art work".

He subverts the traditionally bucolic and romantic imagery of toile fabrics by embroidering more-or-less subtle weirdness over the top. There is nothing I don't love about that idea! Particular favourites include a toile sofa complete with burning cottage, anti-capitalist braille cushions, and an Arthurian toile panel complete with glow-in-the-dark superhero costumes.