Words by Lee Randall in response to Olé Fabric by Thorody

Illustration by Assa Ariyoshi

Interlace your fingers. See the weave?
Like Belgian flax, loom-driven, clickety
clack, smoothed, then cut and roll,
whoosh and tumble, a linen sea flows
to Bermondsey.

Marksmen: sharp-shooting, hashing
cities, lines making curves, curves
making patterns, echoing the flaxen
mesh that will banner its colours.

Step back. Landscape emerges,
repeating and undulating, a modern
cityscape of vertical connections strong
enough to bend, to shimmer, to trick the
eye into seeing things that aren’t there
– that are there. Chopping and changing
your perspective.

Four hands to hold, to push pigment,
to pressure this world into being. Four
hands, their fingers entwined.

Click here to view the design that inspired this piece of writing.

Designer: thorody.com
Illustrator: Assa Ariyoshi