Leaf Bolster

Lora Avedian
Leaf Bolster is a contemporary, limited edition, textile piece by multidisciplinary artist, Lora Avedian. Using embroidery to enliven archive folk drawings, Lora’s applique technique uses a freehand embroidery machine to masterfully translate elements of historical narrative into stitch. The original drawings were made by Pennsylvanian Germans between the 1700s and 1800s and the colours used by Lora are informed by the subdued palette of these artefacts. This bolster is custom made in England and exclusive to The New Craftsmen.

Material: Scottish woven linen
Dimensions: Height: 20cm, Length: 60cm
Care Instructions: Dry clean or hand wash cold, inside out
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This piece is embellished with the silhouettes of leaves. Each leaf is cut by hand, and then embroidered around the edges to fix in place using a freehand embroidery machine. The flower motif is stitched in the same way. Contrasting piping is also added, which is a typical feature of Lora’s work.
The Maker Lora Avedian Textile Artist - London

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.