We all love big cats and I saw the most wonderfully graphic vintage images, hand printed on posters which inspired the design. The traditional bamboo trellis frame work gives a structure to the design and contrasts pleasingly with the stylised markings of the cats. Printed on a stubby cotton and linen mix there are two very different colourways. 90% cotton/10% linen.
There are three rich colourways of this textured geometric fabric inspired by the hand weaves of Indonesia, but reimagined as a simplified print. Although quite a large motif that runs as vertical stripes, it would read as an interesting and versatile semi plain both for curtains or upholstery. 63% linen/34% cotton/ 3% nylon.
I created the artwork for these extra large stylised shells by cutting stencils and stippling the interlocking shapes through these onto paper. The motifs are held within a classic coral trellis layout, and the background is taken from hand marbled papers which add to the feel of the shoreline… this design is printed on a new textured ground which further enhance the texture of the artwork. 2 colourways 82% viscose/18% linen.
The carefree, watercolour artwork for this one colour design makes for a very gentle trailing stripe. On a sturdy linen and cotton ground it is perfect for both upholstery and curtains (imagine it used for everything in a room!) and comes in 5 pretty colourings that work in tandem with the feel of the design. 63% linen/34% cotton/ 3% nylon.
This design started life as a reinterpretation of a classic Mogul flower motif, but as I sketched it seemed to take on the look of a shell -hence the name. It seemed a fitting tribute to the original inspiration to hand block print the design in India on a cotton ground using fresh colours from the No9 palette. 4 colourways 70% cotton/30% linen.
The motifs of zebra, elephants, camels and giraffe stand together in a redraw of a classic French brocade repeat. I loved painting these animals ss they stand magnificently on their individual platforms the troupe of monkeys make havoc between them. From a distance this feels quite “grown up” but as you look into the design it has many light hearted details! 2 colourways 82% viscose/18% linen.
There are so many beautiful printed Ikat designs out there already they have become a genre of their own -I wanted to play with the softness of the originals where the shapes are blurred by the weaving technique. Painting the artwork with watercolour really seems to capture that feeling without being literal. Printed on a stubbly linen and cotton mix. 2 colourways. 90% cotton/10% linen.