Olivia Hayward Banjara Custom Cushions - Mending And Adorning

Some of our vintage Banjara textiles have been lovingly restored, hand stitched and mended into the most enchanting cushions by the wonderfully talented Olivia Hayward.

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Imperfections and signs of age in a textile are something to be cherished and the process of visible mending such as patching or darning can transform a garment or piece of textile into a new treasure. Olivia’s drawings and embroidery can be seen all around our Soho shop and now these cushions are adorned with her beautiful stitches.

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Olivia studied costume design and childrens illustration and her embroidery shows influences from both.

“I remember finding a book on embroidery stitches in my aunts kitchen and trying to memorise my favourite stitches. I learnt darning through a YouTube tutorial so I could mend my Granny’s old cardigan. Darning is fairly new for me, I love it because it’s practical and an art form. I literally cried when I taught myself how to darn as it’s something I will always come back to. Being able to keep garments living for longer and in that way keeping memories close to my skin for longer is important to me.”

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“Living with a disability I have a lot of spare time often spent in bed, embroidery is a wonderful way of escaping my pain as I can rest but also put all my focus into creating something beautiful.”

Visit Olivia’s Instagram @olivia_a_hayward to contact her regarding commissions and craft swaps.

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