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Dandelion Bolster by Lora Avedian is inspired by the gardens of country homes, such as Ham House in Richmond, where Lora spent a lot of time during her childhood. This piece reflects upon the drawings and photographs Lora took on those visits, translated into stitch.
Each part of the cushion is crafted by hand, the flower embellishment is made using a single line of Russian braid looped over itself. The viscose thread leaves are appliquéd onto the fabric after they are stitched using an industrial freehand embroidery machine called an Irish.
Multidisciplinary artist Lora Avedian depicts elements of narrative through textile and craft processes, employing traditional embroidery and embellishment techniques to craft modern designs. Following a successful career in set design and embroidery, Lora was awarded a Masters in Mixed Media Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 2017. She favours slow processes, focusing on short run and bespoke projects, and prefers to use antique and one-off materials such as cords, braids and ribbons when creating her pieces.
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