Back in January 2013 I was exploring the HOME show (in particular the Homegrown section), when I discovered Ciara McGarrity’s Waffle designs. I’m a big fan of texture in products, so the detailing and feel of the cushion fabric had me hooked. There are literally thousands of cushion designs online, so it's a real credit to Ciara that she has been able to create such a unique product.
Waffle’s latest designs, released earlier this year, include the Classic Range. These pieces are hand-embroidered using up-cycled carpet yarns rescued from a carpet factory which closed down in Yorkshire. They are then hand-dyed at Ciara's East London workshop. The colour ways are more muted with a subtle criss cross pattern. Following on early interest from Folklore (who supported Ciara with a bursary at the HOME show), Waffle is now stocked by Artellier159 in France Wolf and Badger in London. Not to mention, an exclusive range of colours was developed for TOAST in the UK.
The Pipe Range - complimenting the 4 colour ways in the Mindful range - feature 4 subtly different graphic patterns is also stocked with Skandium in the Republic of Fritz Hansen store in West London.
With the Bespoke side of the business Ciara offers a made to measure curtain and blind service. In most cases she uses customers own fabrics, but she can also provide bespoke solutions using the Waffle fabric. The advantage is her ability to customise using the coloured wools to coordinate a space. All hand finished in traditional methods - Ciara is a self confessed ‘curtain geek’!
I asked Ciara, what was the best thing about being a designer maker?
“The satisfaction of seeing a product materialise through stages of process from concept to completion - and presenting the finished piece as a quality product for someone to cherish - 2 best bits!”
You can see Ciara and her work at Made In Clerkenwell this month where she will be launching new colours and new blankets.
Waffle will also be exhibiting at Design Wallah in Southbank with Shake The Dust.
All photography: Yeshen Venema