The fourth quarter challenge is to felt, spin, weave, knit, crochet or sew something inspired by the 1960’s – a decade that exploded with colour in art, fashion, homewares and music!

Although ‘pop-art’ originated in the 1950’s it flourished in the 1960’s, and Andy Warhol created many versions of his portrait of Marilyn Monroe …

…and Versace made a gown using Warhol’s prints.

Psychedelic and hippie art was everywhere! On posters, clothes, musical instruments and vehicles.

The world of pop music embraced the wildness of design in the 1960’s. Heinz Edelmann’s illustration style for the Beatles’ animated film ‘Yellow Submarine’ was revolutionary…

… and this album cover must be the most recognisable.  Jann Haworth and Peter Blake designed the cover for The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

Peter Max was an influential designer.  Below left to right: He painted this design for Capitol Records, this ‘love’ poster and he designed this fabric.

Flowers featured a lot in 60’s fabrics that would be made into clothes, curtains, lampshades and furniture.

Flowers were also popular in many wallpaper designs.

Mary Quant was an influential fashion designer in the 60’s – she did use colour but she’s well-known for her black and white designs.

And who hasn’t heard of ‘Biba’?  This is one of her dresses. Photo courtesy of V&A.

Fashion was very flamboyant.  Look at these ties for men. Photo courtesy of V&A.

And shirts could never be too colourful.

Machine embroidered clothes were very popular.

Jewellery was bold, bright and chunky.  Photos courtesy of V&A.

Perhaps you remember the 1960’s?  Perhaps you’ve only read about them.  But we hope you find something in that decade to inspire your work.  Please post anything you make on to the ‘Studio Challenges’ section on the Felting and Fiber Forum

15 thoughts on “2021 FOURTH QUARTER CHALLENGE

  1. How to comment without being very negative? I will try to look away from the examples you’ve given us because they represent what I really liked least about the 60s. I used to love the Beatles when they first started, but as soon as they got into the “teachings” of their guru and started in on the drugs etc., I wouldn’t have given 6d for them. Flower Power also left me cold – I could never see the point of it.
    So having got that off my chest I’ll think back to the things I enjoyed and try to find time to join in this challenge – I will also try to finish the UFOs that I have relating to the last one!
    Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with.

    1. Well for a start, I got married in that decade, just – 1969 – also when men set foot on the moon. Lots of things to look at.

  2. Having just finished the 1950’s challenge, it might be a while before I get going on the 1960’s. I’m sure I will think of something.

  3. I have never participated in anything like this. Yikes! I did hand paint some yarn last year that I called “hippie wedding.” When I was 8 years old, my family was invited to a hippie wedding. It was different; but as a child, it was better than most weddings, I had been dragged to. 🧘🏻‍♀️ Namaste 🙏🏼

  4. Well I love the 60s. I was a kid in the 60s. Whats not to love when you are under 6. Bold colours, bold patterns, lively music and no cares. And we moved to Canada in 1967, Canada’s Centennial. I hope I get to this one in time.

    1. My aunt and uncle emigrated to Canada in 1950 and they were very ‘proper’ (they dressed for dinner!) and in the late 60’s some of the UK branch of the family played a joke on them. We dressed as hippies: flowery clothes, beads, bare feet and my fiance even sported a long blonde wig. A photo was taken and posted to Canada …
      As a teenager I loved the fashions in the 60’s and I sewed most of my clothes as did most people then.

  5. I found out today that in 1963 a quite famous Roman mosaic floor was found just up the road from me – it seems to have the first portrait/representation of Christ in the middle of it. The British Museum nicked it from us, and don’t even have it on display. Anyway, it has some very nice patterns within it so, if I can find time away from costume making, I’ll try to have a go at it.
    Here’s the Wikipedia piece about it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinton_St_Mary_Mosaic

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