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November 2017 "SCORPIO" Newsletter

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S C O R P I O

NOVEMBER 2017

Leaves are falling from trees, patterning pathways in an ochre camouflage. November is that month when the cold first bites — a chill that can reach inside your body to trigger memories of a long New York winter that might lie ahead. The clocks have changed and it’s dark around 5, making afternoons asombre affair. I’ve the feeling that something is over.

I’ve been observing the squirrels this last month, so very busy carting food stuffs up and down trees to wherever it is they store it all till the snow finally inhibits their foraging. I’m dreaming of hibernation. I want to be a bear — hitting the pause button — don't get excited, don't get anxious… just snuggle up in bed and rest up for 3 months — gather strength. Stop thinking perhaps?Then start again.

Hopeful, hopeless… Hope is my November word… there’s a promise of renewal in this seasonal change — somehow suggesting I slow down. That must be the very reason we have a Winter at all — to reflect. When I was younger everything used to speed up toward Christmas, racing downhill to an imaginary finishing line with a grim “sell by” date on achievement stamped December 31. Now that seems to be changing entirely.

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again — what a weird year this has been. I started reading the news on a daily basis, something I hadn't ever done before and this has paved the way into an addictive frenzy of anticipation… what could possibly happen next I ask myself? At breakfast or afternoon tea, conversation is animated… passionate… there is no middle ground — take a side — arm yourself with an opinion… No trophy hunters please.

Scopio - Martin Luther - Lucas Cranach der Ältere (1529).

Scopio - Martin Luther - Lucas Cranach der Ältere (1529).

Bravery is one of the finer qualities accredited to the Scorpio personality… focus and intuition two other vital attributes in our current battleground of misinformation. At times it’s hard not to feel disheartened in a world that seems, on so many levels, at war with itself. Yet the triumphs inspire me — the women's march, last week's victory for love in the Australian referendum on same sex marriage — not something I could ever have imagined in the world of whispers and wandering eyes that I grew up in. Stand by your truth…

 

Happy November

 

xM

MTS at Li Edelkort's New York Textile Month

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Swatches of "Melting Sea Blue", "Drop Cloth, Pastel" and "Melting Yellow" rest on our "Drippy" jacquard.

Swatches of "Melting Sea Blue", "Drop Cloth, Pastel" and "Melting Yellow" rest on our "Drippy" jacquard.

We were thrilled to participate in renowned trend forecaster, Li Edelkoort's New York Textile Month, the initiative - in it's second year, looks to highlight the contribution of textile designers and makers to the design industry with series of events and talks throughout the month of September. 

A portrait of Lidewij Edelkort via Canopée

A portrait of Lidewij Edelkort via Canopée

We opened up our studio for a set of afternoon teas and shared some of Martyn's inspirations and processes with over 50 visitors - including other makers, students and designers.

Fabric drops of our "Rock Pool" and "Ripple" jacquards frame the studio fabric rack that is filled with fabric samples, including pieces of our "Melting Rose" in Sky Blue.

Fabric drops of our "Rock Pool" and "Ripple" jacquards frame the studio fabric rack that is filled with fabric samples, including pieces of our "Melting Rose" in Sky Blue.

"Home Is Where The Heart Is" by Ilse Crawford / photo Martyn Thompson.

"Home Is Where The Heart Is" by Ilse Crawford / photo Martyn Thompson.

"Lidewij Edelkoort is one of the world’s most famous trend forecasters. I first came across her studio working with stylist Carin Scheve, when we did a story for one of Li's publications “InView”, back in 1997. Later I met Li with my friend Ilse Crawford and photographed her house in Paris for Ilse's book, “Home Is Where The Heart Is”  - MT

Prototypes of our ottoman collection that will launch in 2018, in front of "Drop Cloth, Pastel".

Prototypes of our ottoman collection that will launch in 2018, in front of "Drop Cloth, Pastel".

Li's studio, "Trend Union", produces a unique catalogue to highlight the event — which we were honored to be included in — here we share some of the photos . Thanks to editor Philip Fimmano for featuring the studio, as well as writer and decorator, David Clark for the great words, and Willem Schenk for coordinating the events. 

Memo cuttings of our cotton jacquards alongside Martyn's collection of vintage buttons that often find a home on our tufted tapestry pillows (Click to SHOP).

Memo cuttings of our cotton jacquards alongside Martyn's collection of vintage buttons that often find a home on our tufted tapestry pillows (Click to SHOP).

If you would like more details on anything featured, please be in touch.

 

x MTS