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In conversation with Morgan McFie

By October 12, 2018 BEHIND THE SCENES, INSPIRATION
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This week Les 100 Ciels met Morgan McFie, a contemporary abstract artist based in Barnes. Morgan’s paintings are intuitive, fluid and full of texture, taking inspiration from aerial perspectives of natural landscapes. Read more to learn the intricate and fascinating process of giving life to a canvas.


Where and how did you learn your craft?

I have always loved being creative and painting. I nearly did an art degree, but chose the safe route of doing a business degree at the end. After university, I wanted to get back to being creative so started painting again in my spare time. Things really changed when I moved to New Zealand for a year and was hugely inspired by the art scene in Australia and New Zealand where artists use bright and bold colours. I began experimenting with abstract fluid techniques and then once I started using resin I felt like I’d found my style.

 

Your latest art pieces are beautiful. What inspires your art?

I find aerial perspectives of coastlines and estuaries really beautiful and I look to try and capture the movement and subtlety of tones in my paintings. I find traveling also hugely inspiring and recently found lots of inspiration after a trip to Bali.

 

What materials do you use?

For my work I mainly prefer to use resin, pigments, acrylic paints. Resin is such an incredible material and creates depth to the painting and cures with a glass-like finish making the painting very reflective. I love adding touches of gold pigment which creates a fine shimmer and different texture to the surface when the painting catches the light.

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How has your work evolved since your first commission?

So much so! One of the things I love about resin is that it is a very volatile material, so initially I was meticulously planning the composition of each piece, but then was thrown when the resin didn’t move as I expected or the colour pigments shifted as it cured. As I have become more experienced, I’ve learnt to go with the flow and let the painting evolve in front of me. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but when it works well the paintings often turn out far better than I could have planned.

 

Can you describe your workspace? Where do you like to work?

I work from a home studio in Barnes. One of my walls are covered in photos and they are my main source of inspiration, along with an endless stash of acrylic paints and my equipment. I tend to base myself wherever there is the best light at home that day.

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Describe briefly the process of making your paintings…

I start by creating a mood board of images that inspire me – it could be shapes, colour combinations or textures. I sand and prime the boards and then mix the resin and pigments. Resin is fluid and has about one hour working time which really motivates me and I go into a state of flow. I pour the resin and use gravity and a blowtorch to change the viscosity of the resin which alters how it moves across the board. Each layer of resin cures over 24 hours and I finish the piece by painting the edges for a clean finish.

 

What would you like to achieve in the near future?

I would love to sell internationally, start a print range and collaborate with other artists.

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What is a common misconception about your art?

Lots of people mistake the resin for ceramics or glass as the finish is so glossy and reflective.

 

If you could visit anywhere in the world where would that be?

There are so many countries I would love to travel, but Sri Lanka has been at the top of my list for a while now. The food, the jungles, the mountains and the surfing culture all massively appeal to me.


 

The Les 100 Ciels team are always looking for like-minded people to collaborate with and we were so excited to discover Morgan McFie! Her abstract art is inspiring and beautiful and her passion for what she does is evident in every piece. A range of Morgan McFie products is available in our St Christopher’s Place store in Marylebone. We highly recommend viewing Morgan’s art in person to fully grasp the depth and intricacy of the pieces.

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A classic parka shape with a practical hood and roomy pockets. Loose fit that will give you enough room to layer a jumper underneath for extra comfort.

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A fitted skirt with a layered front panel and side slit. It’s perfect for teaming with a simple tee for a seamless silhouette.

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This bold print will freshen up your wardrobe with it’s contemporary, graphic feel. The fit of the skirt holds you in at all the right places and will be a fun addition to your go-to essentials for warm weather

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The fine pointelle stitch along the neckline and sleeves gives a feminine feel.

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Be inspired by our Gift Guide and find the perfect presents for your loved ones this Christmas.


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By October 11, 2016 BEHIND THE SCENES
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To mark the global Campaign for Wool, we would like to show our commitment to natural fibres, particularly wool. Read on to learn why wool is a good choice for you, the environment and the fashion industry.

Wool is a fibre that comes from the fleece of sheep. Providing warmth, comfort and durability, wool is also a natural and renewable resource for clothing manufacturing.


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Wool fibres have tiny air pockets that keep you warm in winter and cool in summer by absorbing or releasing moisture in the air. Wool is also easy to clean and resistant to stains.

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A natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre. Wool has a complex makeup, naturally cleaning the air we breathe around us. Wool has a high nitrogen content making it naturally fire resistant.

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Shearing sheep is a vital part of animal care. As wool continuously grows, fleeces can become uncomfortable for sheep especially in warmer weather.


Why do we use wool?

Wool fibres come from a renewable resource and are not man-made and so do not exhaust precious resources in our environment. Wool is an amazing yarn for creating new designs. A durable and high quality fibre, wool keeps its shape so your jumpers can look their best for years to come.

 

Where does our wool come from?

Our wool is sourced from Australian sheep farms, where the most premium
wool is produced. Known for high quality wool, ethical sheep welfare and
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Our wool styles

100% wool

Depending on how fine the wool has been spun, 100% wool can come in a variety of forms. It is versatile, extremely warm and durable. Due to the unique structure of wool, it easily absorbs dye to create beautiful colour variations.

Mateo multi-way jacket

Crafted to suit your personal style, this jacket was designed to be worn in different ways. Wear it long with flowing lapels or turn it upside down and wear it as a short jacket.

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Merino Wool

Sourced from the Merino sheep, merino wool fibres are fine and soft and can be spun into interesting styles.

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Wool Blends

We have combined wool with other natural and synthetic fibres to explore more possibilities in clothing manufacturing such as dyeing, stain resistance, durability and cost

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A coarse, dense quality that gives structure to garments.

Verna roll neck and Vaugn crew neck jumpers feature contrast colour block panels making them a modern addition to your wardrobe.

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WOOL POLYESTER
Creates a yarn with a soft feel and often with a light sheen to the quality.

A thick, wool coat in a straight, structured shape with a double breasted fastening. Odessa is the ideal coat for winter months in a soft speckled grey colour.

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WOOL VISCOSE
Viscose gives the wool a soft, smooth hand-feel.

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An essential part of any woman’s wardrobe is a simple white t-shirt. Clean minimalism at its best, it’s ideal for laid back days…to ground a bold print, or contrast a bit of sparkle..

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 We love our Avron tee- an update on the classic T-shirt, with a boxy shape, fused seams and a tiered hem. A versatile style that we reach for time and again.

         
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