HL Next Level 2019: Textile Designer Pascale Theron
For her innovative, attention-grabbing Feathered Fabrics project, Pascale Theron used ostrich feathers to make a yarn that is then handwoven into cloth.
Each year, House and Leisure creates a special feature that is all about up-and-coming South African creative talent. We look closely at the worlds of decor and design, and ask architects, ceramicists, product designers, artists, jewellers and photographers to tell us who we should be watching out for in their areas of work.
Recent alumni of the Next Level list include fashion designer Rich Mnisi, photographer Zander Opperman and illustrator Karabo Poppy Moletsane, among many others. Check out the entire 2018 Next Level crew here.
The research phase of the work on this feature is followed by a discussion of precisely who we want to showcase – and why. This year, the team recognised that there has been a palpable return to the handmade recently, and so we wanted everyone who was featured to be someone who makes their pieces by hand.
From a textile designer to a jeweller and a chef, all the creatives included in 2019’s House and Leisure Next Level list do just that.
Textile Designer Pascale Theron Is One Of Them
Pascale Theron’s work is hard to categorise, falling somewhere between art, craft and design.
The 26 year old’s past projects range from illustrating children’s books and conceptualising build-it-yourself forts to creating culturally clever textiles (like her painfully honest White Guilt quilt).
But it’s her Feathered Fabrics that have really caught people’s attention, with Theron taking individual ostrich feathers and making them into a yarn that is then handwoven into cloth.
‘I’ve showed my Feathered Fabrics at various shows and talks, and people always seem shocked that I have the skill to make fabrics using thread made from ostrich feathers,’ Theron says. ‘But I get a lot of pleasure submerging myself in a new craft. If you think of where craft has taken us historically, who knows what could come next?’
Ethically sourcing her feathers from ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn, Pascale Theron says she aims to transform the material into an organic yet cruelty-free functional interior fabric.
‘Making things by hand is central to my perspective on design, and I’m striving to create a new craft through these feathered textiles.’