Jehane Boden Spiers is a highly respected Designer, Artists' Agent, & Consultant. 

 

Founder of "The Anna-Maria Desogus Memorial Awards" at Brighton University 3-D Design 

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Wednesday
Nov222017

SUZANI TEXTILES

SUZANI TRENDS

Hot to continue as a big trend in 2018 is the popularity of all things embroidered with Suzani textiles and Crewel work increasingly showing up on design blogs and pinterest pages.  

Suzani is a type of embroidered and decorative tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other central asian countries. Suzani itself is from the Persian word "Suzan" which means needle. The art of making such textiles in Iran is called Suzandozi (needlework). Usually with a cotton, sometimes silk, fabric base with chain, satin, and buttonhole being the primary stitches used. 

"Name Design Studio"  is a contemporary design studio taking Suzani to new heights, creating original, contempoary hand-crafted furniture and accessories. Founded in 2010 by interior architect Jo Supara and Ali, each piece is made by hand in their Istanbul studio - are built to last with a timeless quality

I have fallen in love with this Suzani chair....it is now listed in my book of dreams.



 Jo Supara and Ali Tarakci's  

Thursday
Nov162017

PATTERN OBSESSIVES

WHY DO WE LOVE PATTERN?
I love pattern, that much is clear. I’m asking myself why? I have a strong colour sense which is closely bound up with pattern but that’s not really enough...or is it? What is it about pattern? I don’t think in three dimensions; perhaps that is why. I feel like I understand accomplished patterns in a way I will never understand an accomplished drawing or sculpture, however much I admire it.

Patterns are joyful; they are crafted, decorative, and considered. What is it about patterns? Why do we adore them so? 
Elisabeth Erm in Valentino for Harper's Bazaar March 2014. Photo by Erik Madigan Heck
Friday
Nov102017

KATE MARSDEN

MADE BY MRS M - Kate Marsden

Arist and designer Kate Marsden creates mid-century designs which make excellent gifts for men and crafters! I really enjoyed meeting Kate recently for a portfolio review of Kate's work. She’s a super star blogger for the Just a Card campaign giving loads of her time for free.

We have plans for some hopefully really useful posts on the Just A Card campaign blog over the coming months so watch this/that space...!

Any guesses as to which city this towerblock is in? 

Thursday
Nov022017

THE DESIGN TRUST

TEN IMAGES WHICH DEFINE MY CAREER - Webinar with The Design Trust

I'm delighted to be doing a webinar this evening for exclusive business members of The Design Trust, sharing experiences and motivations behind my work. It's a pleasure to work with Patricia Van der Ekker, director of The Design Trust.

I am looking forward to some interesting debate and discussions on creativity, portfolio careers, and much more.....

PATRICIA VAN DER EKKER

"Very excited that TONIGHT at 8pm (UK time) we have the amazing artist, agent & textile designer Jehane Boden Spiers with us The Design Trust Business Club

Jehane will talk about her career journey spanning the last 25 years and will share with her the 10 key images in her career path. This exclusive session is part of our 'creative rolemodel' Business Club series to inspire other creatives!

She will shed a light on the exciting breadth and wealth of opportunities within the creative industries. Drawing from experiences as an in-house textile designer in Vienna, as a prolific designer/maker in the UK, her expertise as an Art Licensing Agent, and more recently also as an Artist’s Mentor; Jehane will talk us through ten images which define her interdisciplinary career. Along the way sharing the lessons she learnt and the advice she wished she had received herself.   

MORE ABOUT JEHANE:

Jehane Boden Spiers is a highly respected textile designer and art licensing agent with 25 years industry experience. Jehane has licensed both her own designs & work by other artists internationally - clients for her artwork include Liberty of London, Royal Shakespeare Company, and English Heritage. A finalist in two recent business awards, including “Woman in Arts & Media”, Jehane is a tour-de-force in the art world". 

THIS SESSION IS FOR THE DESIGN TRUST BUSINESS CLUB MEMBERS ONLY - You can join @TheDesignTrust Business Club here - and access nearly 100 online audio-visual recordings, presentations, podcasts and interviews with a wide variety of experts and creatives. They cover practical and strategic topics for creative businesses that want to grow their business - from creative planning to income streams, to marketing and social media, PR and branding and beyond. For details http://www.thedesigntrust.co.uk/businessclub/

 

Friday
Oct062017

AUTHORS FOR GRENFELL TOWER

AUTHORS FOR GRENFELL TOWERS  - Claire Dent Designs

Back in June 2017, Juliet Bawden kindly told me about an initiative to raise funds in support of the victims of Grenfell Towers; whereby authors were offering signed copies of their books to auction and agents were offering consultations and feedback to aspiring writers. I wanted to help and was delighted to receive a generous bid on my offer of a Portfolio Review for artists, from Glenn Burton on behalf of his daughter and textile designer Claire Dent - thank you Glenn!

 

 

"I am a great believer in ambition. Seeing that a handful of authors had decided to raise £50,000, in an online auction, for those affected by the terrible fire at the Grenfell Tower I lauded their ambition and wanted to help. In fact, through the extraordinary generosity of all the bidders and those who donated hundreds of lots, over £180,000 was raised.

Claire has ambition by the bucket load and when I saw that textile design expert Jehane had so generously donated her time for a portfolio review I knew that this was destined for Claire. Claire balances a busy life of work, three young children and a burgeoning surface design ambition. She is developing a portfolio of work and the timing seemed perfect. There was no question that I should bid on her behalf; I’m only sorry that Anna, whose bid came second, missed out". GLENN BURTON

 

  

 

It was a pleasure to recently meet Claire for her review. I was very impressed with Claire's dedication and professional presentation. Displaying a natural sense of draughtsmanship and texture, I encouraged Claire to explore these skills and to use more of her gestural, expressive marks, as well as to explore layering drawn elements within placement designs. I also liked her use of metallics on black backgrounds and suggested Claire combine all of these concepts with the current trend for metallic finishes. Jehane x

 

"Jehane was honest and positively critical.  Addressing my weaknesses without knocking my confidence.  She is fantastic at opening your eyes to other possibilities and drawing on your strengths.  Jehane has a wealth of industry knowledge and experience.  Many artists would benefit being mentored by her".

 

   

"I wanted to know what was successful within my portfolio and how, or if, I should proceed in approaching the industry.  Jehane gave me great information about the various type of agencies I could approach.  She helped identify successful designs and sketches and gave me reasons why they worked or didn't work.  She also discussed ideas about how to use some images commercially, ways I wouldn't have thought of myself".



I have been struggling with a specific style, one that says 'me' in my work and having Jehane focus on how I use texture within my work, really enabled me look at my style as a whole.  This has steered me in a slightly different direction and ways in which I approach a design or project.  Jehane also made me realise there are no boundaries with designing or producing artwork and has open my eyes to new possibilities.

Jehane has helped change my career, she has provided me with the confidence to keep experimenting, exploring my style and with a view to eventually contact agents within the industry.

 


I came away from my portfolio review feeling happy and positive. There are areas of my portfolio where I know need to improve, however, there are also areas with a lot of potential and this makes me feel very excited!   I am extremely grateful for Jehane donating her time for my Portfolio Review.  Thanks so much!" CLAIRE DENT

 

You can follow Claire's work on Instagram 

 

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