Delving into the ways in which the world is shaped by humans’ movements, textile designer and Luum Textiles creative director Suzanne Tick created the Earthly Artifacts collection – four fabrics that are inspired by the physical impressions humas have left on the earth. Taking influences from art, anthropology and geology, the collection includes Geoglyph, Pebble Melange, Particulate and Megacheck, and speaks to our ongoing pursuit to surround ourselves with nature.
Geoglyph is a large-scale grid pattern that echoes the impressions left on the earth, moving from the ordered to the eroded, at once fragmented and textural, emerging and fading. The pattern also nods to its graphic art namesake of arranging objects – stones, rubble, scratchings, etc – on landscapes and balances linear qualities of architecture with the groundedness of the earth. Suitable for upholstery indoors and outdoors, Geoglyph is made from high-UV boucle and blended yarns, is bleach-cleanable and available in six colourways.
A harmonious blend of structure and texture, Pebble Melange has a chunky, heathered and multi-coloured surface. The 12 colourways available were inspired by contemporary mixed-medium artworks that utilize conventional paint and clay as well as unexpected materials like shells and sand. Layering a curated selection of colours in the warp and custom boucle yarns in the weft, the textile is defined by complex shades that resemble the earth’s strata. The polypropylene yarn fabric – which coordinates intentionally with Geoglyph – is UV-resistant, bleach-cleanable and suitable for upholstery use indoors and outdoors.
Luum Textile’s first high-UV indoor/outdoor and multi-purpose fabric, Particulate has a subtle and sophisticated expression. With a highly textured hand reminiscent of crisp linen, the bleach-cleanable textile can be used for upholstery, wrapped walls, panels and more. Offered in 15 colourways, the textile comprises 65 per cent recycled UV polyester fibre, which contributes to a vibrant palette of hues that range from deep to light to bright, including warm neutrals, punchy greens, deep charcoals and a soft pink.
An exploration of hand-weaving trials on the Tick Studio loom resulted in Megacheck, an engineered multipurpose fabric that contrasts light and dark coloured warp-and-weft threads. Intentionally structurally complex and visually expressive, the small-scale pattern is available in 12 colourways and presents a heathered effect and is suitable for interior upholstery, wrapped walls, panels and screens.