We are sisters Lauren and Kass, co-founders and artists behind Crossing Thread. For as long as we can remember, we’ve been exposed to the wonderful world of fibre from an early age, both practicing dance for 13 years+. We grew up in a world of costuming and embellishment; sequencing, beading and sourcing trims for our dance costumes and visiting many fabric stores with our mum and fittings with our seamstress. Being dance duo partners throughout our childhood, we were frequently misunderstood of being twins.
Our closeness in age allowed us to navigate through life, with either one of us one step ahead at any given time. Gradually, the “big sister / little sister ” titles dropped off, as we each looked to each other for support, guidance and inspiration.
Our parents brought us up in an expressive environment where we encouraged to voice our feelings, stand up for what we believe in and attempt new things. Creativity was and still is celebrated in our family; with our grandfather being an enthusiastic calligrapher and oil painter (who still paints today!) and our dad an architect whom also builds our looms. We believe to live a creative life is one of manifestation and curiosity. We hope to continue this cultivation of creativity in our family.
The sisters’ creative company cross-thread is located in Byron bay New south wales Australia, where they marry different up-cycled materials and fibres ( leather, wool, and cotton) to create beautiful wall covering, a myriad of cross knots and interwoven inspired by nature.
Suspended from several struts if the central itZurich, the 20-meters cascading net installation occupies the central atrium of the quite busy train station.
Crafted from mattrd cotton strips, the highline net tree like webbings; features uniquely colored hand-knotted connections, decorative spices filled tubbings and strongly laced support to allow commuters interact with the installation by sitting on it.
Commissioned by Fondation Beyeler, and brought to fruition by Brazilian artist, Ernesto Neto, who drew his inspiration from working with native Indian tribes across the Amazon in south America. The monument which would be open until the end of July, 2018, draws richly from Neto’s work with the Huni Kuin, an indigenous community living in the Amazon region near the Brazilian border with Peru.
GaiaMotherTree was entirely handcrafted and manually installed in the grand station. It would represent a meeting place for interaction and meditation, where to host a varied program of events with music, workshops and performances.
A new series of Tulle Flows exhibited along side the Artisanal collection launched at the Couture FashionWeek in paris january and it stood out of the total collection. One of the reason was it wasn’t just fashion but also a sculpture; dynamic , flowing sculpture. The work of English artist, textile designer Benjamin Shine.
Parting way from its hardwood, and marble origins, Shine seek to force through fluidity, in the large face bust made from very thin , light textile materials and held together in place with pins. Unlike his previous projects which were installations and only displayed for visual purpose, this Tulle Flow came attached to clothes allowing it more free movement than other traditional displays.
Retaining the dominating theme of his general work. This new Tulle Flow was no different , but was a little bigger than previous works distinct in direction of purpose. It depicts the face of a woman on white , on an evening white dress.
Benjamin Shine studied fashion design at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design and Central St Martins in London. In 2003 he set up his creative studio, where materials, techniques and constructional ideas continue to inform his diverse portfolio and multidisciplinary approach.
Benjamin’s work has attracted a range of clients encompassing fashion labels, product and interior manufacturers, international Arts and Design institutions such as The Crafts Council, UK and The New York Museum of Arts and Design. Global brands include Givenchy, Barclays Wealth, MTV, Eurostar, Deutsche Bank, Coca-Cola and Google.
To date, Benjamin has won the Red Dot Design Award, The Enterprising Young Brit Award and The Courvoisier Future 500 Art & Design Award. View below for a list of his projects.