That I am a big lover of wool is no secret. Coming from the Nordic countries, sheepskins and wool are a part of everyday life; we use them to stay warm, and also to add texture and a sense of cosiness to our interiors. I don’t just mean rugs, blankets and cushions, either. Winter boots, knitted jumpers and scarfs are all used as part of our decoration and styling – as well as to wear, of course!
My home is full of sheepskin. I have Swedish woollen blankets, wool cushion covers (some of which I even use as wall art!), and felted wool ottomans that look like huge pebbles, which are my babies’ favourite playthings – and handy stools, too!
In winter, wool is the main staple in my wardrobe. I wear large, black, often masculine, knitted wool jumpers. Doesn’t matter whether they’re made in Scandinavia, New Zealand or Australia – so long as they’re made of wool, and beautifully designed. One of my favourite silk tops has a hand-tufted lining around the neckline and the bottom. I don’t travel anywhere without it. When not in use, I often have the knits displayed, just on hangers, around my house. It makes me feel at home.
Styling with wool is something that comes naturally to me, which is why I am very drawn to these images. I like the way all the textures are layered together to create an incredibly rich and interesting display. The industrial setting makes the perfect backdrop with its bare white walls and exposed concrete floor. The combination of the weathered wood, the earthy tones of the woollen textiles and the bleached white ceramics along with the occasional deep charcoal detail is so striking.
Jacqueline Fink from Little Dandelion is the creative mind (and hands) behind the wonderful, hand-knitted, oversized textiles shown in all these images. She uses naturally coloured, high-grade unspun wool from Australia and New Zealand to create bespoke woollen soft furnishings. You can tell that each one has been lovingly handmade. They have an incredibly tactile aesthetic – you just want to reach out and touch them!
Jacqueline also works on large-scale installations. These particular pieces are part of the Sea Art Collection, which was a collaborative project with like-minded stylist and ceramicist Lara Hutton.
With their soft, muted tones, these pieces so versatile. You can easily imagine them being used as features in both residential and commercial settings. I could definitely see them in my home as I am in a coastal area, however I might have to wait until the kids are a bit older, as I know they wouldn’t be able to resist playing with them. And who could blame them? They’re so tactile that even I want to cuddle up with one!