new collection from swarm: pillow portraits…
Posted in handmade, homewares, pia's photos November 21st, 2011 by pia

My dear friend Leslie recently sent me some of her latest creations from her studio in Amsterdam- pillow portraits, featuring some of her favourite once-forgotten portraits from her personal collection. They each have a name, and each their own little narrative which is screen printed in unique handwritten fonts on the back of each cushion. Here, I’ve taken some promotional photographs for Leslie to use. Below, meet Rolf…


…and Bridget, who tells us about journeying along a canal and finding the perfect shop …

I adore the anecdotes on the back of the cushions as much as I love the portraits themselves. There are six pillows in the collection thus far, and I secretly hope Leslie designs more. I can imagine collecting each one as they are made…

Leslie is happy to ship these anywhere in the world, so if you are keen to start your own portrait pillow collection, click here to read the details on her blog.


PS I think my favourite is Rolf – he goes on walks and collects leaves and bits of nothing that mean something to him. Man after my own heart.

PPS wow, this time last year.

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  1. Tricia Rose says

    Truly original -and what an inspired idea to have a story on the back~

    November 21st, 2011 | #

  2. Maia says

    Oh, my, YES!! Those are amazing. Love everything about them.

    November 21st, 2011 | #

  3. Michelle says

    Those are SO fun. I want one.

    November 21st, 2011 | #

  4. Maryam in Marrakech says

    I love the stories on the back best! I once did this with a series of photographs that you pulled out of slots with tabs. I love secret stories. Hope you are well, Pia.

    November 21st, 2011 | #

  5. Lisette says

    I believe I am about to swoon! Goodness, how original and beautifully executed! I love your sofa too! 🙂

    November 21st, 2011 | #

  6. Narumi says

    My favourite is Grace on the last picture, I love the concept of the stories !

    November 21st, 2011 | #

  7. Ameesha Lee says

    Beautiful! Hope all is well in lovely Australia & that your feeling well & happy. 🙂

    November 21st, 2011 | #

  8. Angy Braine says

    Stunning! Hope your tummy journey is sailing along well? You must be so excited…

    November 22nd, 2011 | #

  9. Marte Marie Forsberg says

    Oh, I love these! The stories on the back makes me want to curl up with one on the lap and let the story carry me to a faraway place. It takes being “introduced to you pillow” to a whole new level;)

    November 23rd, 2011 | #

  10. Lauren says

    Thanx for sharing Pia <3 They're so beautiful

    November 24th, 2011 | #

  11. Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark! says

    These are lovely! I really like the idea of the stories on the back.

    November 28th, 2011 | #

  12. Emiliano Napper says

    Appreciate you sharing, great post.Really thank you! Keep writing.

    January 19th, 2012 | #

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