Highgate pop up for Muswell Hill duo’s landmark cushions

PUBLISHED: 18:14 29 October 2014 | UPDATED: 18:14 29 October 2014

The Ally Pally cushion work in progress

The Ally Pally cushion work in progress


You may never have thought of resting your head on a north London landmark, but the cushions by Muswell Hill-based duo T&T may make this a more alluring prospect.

Ally Pally screenprint by Natasha BartonAlly Pally screenprint by Natasha Barton

Combining the screen-printing talents of Natasha Barton with the stitching skills of Tanya Kreisky, the pair’s first collaboration is a range of cushions featuring local sites.

“One that will definitely be recognisable is Alexandra Palace,” says Barton.

“Ally Pally always seems to be the one people really home in on and tube stations. Caledonian Road and all the Art Deco ones are popular.”

The process that goes into making the cushions is labour intensive and highly artisanal.

T&T cushionT&T cushion

Barton starts by photographing scenes, then does a hand screenprint on fabric from the prints.

Next, Kreisky does an appliqué stitch on top of that and the cushions are put together.

The pair focus on bijou, interesting fabrics, with a bit of a 50s or 60s feel.

“We’ve always been admiring of each others work – she does great bags as well – and we’ve got very similar taste in design and art,” says Barton.

T&T cushionsT&T cushions

“We’d always said it would be great to bring the two worlds together, my two-dimensional prints and her three-dimensional textiles.

“We’re testing the water with this, if it goes well we’d like to expand into homewares.”

T&T are holding an exhibition and pop up sale from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th at the northandsouthideas gallery in Highgate.

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