London based Textile Designer Aimee Betts creates hand braided accessories, fabrics & furnishings inspired by the traditions of embroidery & knotting. For her first collaboration with Ilado she has created a collection of 4 vibrant bracelets, combining colourful-knotted cotton thread with the beautiful rose-gold Bola.
Why did you accept Ilado’s invitation to create a Bola bracelet?
AB – I was initially inspired by the concept of linking the two very different elements of the bracelet together. There is the intricacy & suppleness of the hand knotted cotton bracelet, which sits in striking contrast to the precious & curvaceous form of the bola.
I also enjoyed the challenge of creating a stylish, contemporary accessory that is both suitable for mother & child to wear. The bracelet can by worn when both the mother & child are together, but also to reassure & remind the child of the mother’s presence when they are apart.
What were your sources of inspiration?
AB – I wanted to design a bracelet that conveys the joy of learning to mix colour from paint. As a child I have fond memories of creating my first colour wheel. This early love of exploring colour is now vital to my work as a textile designer today. The colourful bola bracelet has been designed to stimulate & develop the child’s sense of colour & to encourage a sense of play.
The bracelet is available in 4 pleasing colourways: Primary colours Red, Yellow, Blue & secondary colour Green have been mixed together with complementary colour Magenta to create a collection of bracelets that evoke colour harmony.
The knotting style of the bracelet is reminiscent of the friendship bracelet, traditionally created by children at primary schools & exchanged to communicate early companionship. By referencing the friendship bracelet I wanted to reinterpret the bond between mother & child.