John Jones Coats The coats are applique, reverse applique & picture patchwork. The fine detail is built up from individual stitched pieces of soft coloured suedes and leathers. They are unique, timeless, amazing to wear or display . The original coats began in the late 1960's; I called them "walking pictures."
I wanted to take pictures into the streets, shops, supermarkets without concern so leather was chosen for it's durability and as it doesn't fray, complex images can be created.
The first trial "picture coat" was sold to Mr Fish, Clifford Street London. This helped fund the "Tolkien" story coat 1969 and "Akhnaton" followed in 1976. Commissions including the Butterfly Coat 1979 continue through to the present day. "Akhnaton", now forms part of the V&A Collection.
They were my everyday coats. They are powerful pieces to wear and helped understand and question the nature of celebrity. Both picture coats were borrowed for stage productions / theatre & pop/rock music and featured in magazines & TV.
Most are made to personal commission and the "sister" coat Nefertiti (design featured in the European Textile Forum Magazine 2008) is a current work in progress.
Also shown is a cut paper "Digital Revolution" ruff which formed part of "Patchwork" Exhibition Gallery/Reading Room Soho 2010.