City on Cloth is a collection of silk scarves digitally printed and finished in Macclesfield, England, using artwork by Helen Chatterton. She scans the maps and completes the artwork in her workroom in Liverpool. The scarf is 90 x 90 cm and has rolled edges. They come in a presentation box if required.
90 × 90 cm
Dry clean only
A young graduate from the North West of England in the early 1980’s, Helen began to spend increasing amounts of time in a flat in London, and yes, she did marry him.
London exercised a fascination then which has never left her since, the couple began to explore it by way of urban walks using maps picked up from second hand bookshops. Maps already old, sometimes capturing the modern streetscape in clear focus, sometimes no more than a ghost from the past. Maps turned journeys into adventures. Maps evocative with the blue of the curving Thames, the green of the parks and the empire pink of the built up areas.
More than a quarter of a century later, now a textile designer/maker, children grown up, she has time to travel to places she has longed to go to. Trips to India mean that Delhi is one of her favourite cities. These beautiful map scarves a constant reminder of past and future travelling.
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Helen Chatterton textiles has two distinct collections. The collection on Handmade Online is the City on Cloth collection of silk map scarves.
The collection was launched in 2012 at Handmade in Britain’s Spring Show at the Oxo Galleries in London. It started with cotton lawn maps of London, using a 1929 Street Atlas of London which was digitally printed, then made up into long scarves backed with linen.
By popular demand the collection developed quickly and now consists of silk squares, in various sizes and has grown from London to UK cities including Liverpool, Cambridge, and international cities including Berlin, New York, Rome. Helen has done special commission scarves for British Museum, Museum of London and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
The artwork is done by Helen then the silk is digitally printed in Macclesfield where the scarves are machine finished.
Helen’s collection of Harris Tweed scarves was launched in 2008, starting with the Tweed and Velvet scarves. They are made from Harris which is available only from the remote islands of the Outer Hebrides. Each piece of Harris Tweed comes from the mills on Harris and some from individual weavers in crofts. Only tweed purchased on the islands is allowed to bear the now iconic Harris Tweed label. Helen backs her larger Harris Tweed scarves with beautiful lush silk velvets in stunning combinations. The skinny scarves are backed with Liberty Tana Lawn cotton, often mistaken by people for silk. Again the pairing of the fabrics produces a beautiful scarf, the softer cottons and velvets being able to be worn against the neck for the less hardy! The Harris Tweed range has proved extremely popular and Helen has undertaken commissions for galleries including the Tate, London, National Galleries of Scotland and she makes a bespoke range for the British Museum.
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