Helen Amy Murray has developed a unique, handcrafted 3D surface technique for textiles used in commissions for clients; the material is used as a furnishing fabric, particularly for upholstery and interiors. Inspired by the carvings in wood and marble from a trip to India in 2001, Murray has translated similar effects into textiles and leather work. In a series of pieces created for Design Exhibition 2008, she has incorporated the latest advanced fabrics from companies such as Schoeller Textil AG and Mercader. Schoeller’s ColdBlack™ and Reflex fabrics are layered with Mercader’s anti-bacterial leather and flame-retardant nonwovens to create her unique 3D appliqué.
The ‘Oriental Flower’ design, shown for both a chair and wall panel, are not only flame-retardant and antibacterial, but also self-cleaning, heat reflective (ColdBlack), waterproof and light reflective (Reflex).