Skinny laMinx Visual Diary: Heather Moore in India
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Since opening an online store in 2007, illustrator and textile designer Heather Moore has cultivated a strong local and international following for her brand Skinny laMinx. These days, her designs are stocked not only in her own Bree Street, Cape Town shop near VISI HQ but also “in shops from Noordhoek to New York”.
In October 2014, Heather jetted off to Jaipur in northern India to teach three days of a nine-day workshop on block printing that had been organised by Ritchie Ace Camps. Snoopy neighbours that we are, we insisted she grab her camera and share the sights of the Pink City with us. The results are wanderlust-inducing.
Billed as the workshop’s main attraction, Heather’s role was to teach 16 women from as far afield as Australia, Hong Kong, Italy and South Africa about the principles behind print design. But India taught her a few lessons in return.
“We visited Bagru village near Jaipur, where we chose blocks and printed scarves with our own designs with vegetable dyes,” she says. “What an experience! People often think of India in terms of bright colour, and there was a lot of that, but I’ve returned with a sense of fine, delicate work. I’m hoping this is what will come through in my next fabric collection.”