Dickie Bird follows hot on the heels of Lampshade of the Month: Feb 2014 'Jenny Wren' and continues the inside out and upside down theme with lovely vintage barkcloth teamed with linen and silk scraps. tweet tweet!
most of my lampshades start with the fabric and the idea grows from there. this fairly small piece of 1950s barkcloth found me at The Vintage Bazaar in Devizes. i love the colours and random geometry. Dickie Bird is defintely a he.
as the 'top fabric' of my inside out lampshades hangs suspended within the frame, rather than stretched around it, the wire structure suddenly becomes important. i wrapped the verticals and square 'rings' using scraps of James Hare silk and bits of hand dyed linen, which i think look rather smart
the aim is to add a new outline and movement to what can be a fairly rigid symmetrical structure. i hope they add humour without being silly. i chose the most beautiful I could find (Petra Boase)
breaking the rules shouldn't compromise handcrafted quality. so Dickie Bird is finished with the strictest attention to detail and, of course, he is lined.
a final note:
if you'd like to see more Lampshades of the Month, have a look at the albums on my Facebook page. if you'd like me to make a unique lampshade specially for you, do get in touch. here's my website: The Traditional Upholstery Studio