‘I wanted to find beauty in simplicity at a time when life suddenly seemed rather complicated.’
Deirdre Dyson on the 2021 ‘Paper and Stone’ Collection
Deirdre Dyson has always brought her skills as a fine artist to bear on the beautiful colour palettes and compositions of her carpets. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the brand thrived in 2020. Indeed, March’s lockdown came at the time of year Deirdre usually focuses on her creative designs, so she was able to focus on her 2021 ‘Paper and Stone’ collection. Deirdre’s themes have normally centred round the natural, but for this collection she focused on everyday materials like paper – including pieces that were crumpled, folded or torn. Deirdre elevated these every-day, sometimes discarded objects to create a collection of seven stunning hand knotted ‘Paper’ rug designs.
‘I’d often used overlapping or crumpled paper in my paintings,’ says Deirdre, ‘so it was fascinating using silk and wool instead and seeing a two-dimensional surface transformed into three dimensions, just by using the same colour in many different tones’. ‘Unfolded’ does just this, creating a three-dimensional effect with just seven shades. ‘Fold Out’ is reminiscent of childhood with its playful paperchain design, ‘Love Letter’ draws inspiration from a torn note with symbols of hugs and kisses, while ‘Note Paper’ and ‘Offcuts’ make use of her craft cutting mat as a background.
The extra lockdown time also enabled Deirdre to design three vertical wall hangings that can be adapted for the floor, inspired by stonework and paving. ‘They represent the stones used in walls and floors and highlight the amazing decorative skills of those who work with the materials,’ says Deirdre. The result comprises artworks full of textural depth and light, made with large quantities of silk, like ‘Blue Stone’, woven in silk with a wool grouting effect, or ‘Dry Stone’, featuring 13 natural stone hues.
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