The New Craftsmen recently unveiled Colour Wheels, a series of hand-braided mirrors that add an artistic touch to modern interiors. The project is a result of a collaboration with textiles designer Aimee Betts and John Jones Art Conservation Studio. The new mirrors combine brass metal frames developed by John Jones, with cords developed by Aimee Betts on a circular knitting machine, inspired by the diverse metal finishes and process of patination realized at the John Jones workshop.
“The process of taking a raw material and transforming it through oxidization was the starting point of my design, and the beautiful patination effect created by the John Jones craftsmen provided me with a colour palette to draw into my textiles practice”, explained Aimee Betts. From there the design was developed into a continuous flow of colours to create a visually stunning ombre fading effect referencing the complementary relationship of colors on a color wheel.
At the John Jones workshop, using rolled brass strips, the frame was formed into a loop and braised at the ends, finished in John Jones’ unique Jax finish which has a deep brassy brown hue. The mirrors come in two sizes, (1600mm diameter & 800mm diameter), and can also be commissioned to new sizes and color palettes. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by The New Craftsmen]