Last week my fabrics received a great deal of attention at Interiors UK. They were praised for their modern bold aesthetic and striking colours. The designs were based on my research drawings of ancient artefacts, buildings and ceramics but have been translated into soft geometrics and clean graphics.
All of the fabrics have been woven here in the UK and I'm delighted to report that all the silks are now in commercial production with the prestigious David Walters Fabrics of Sudbury (contact Richard Norris 01787 466677 for more info) who have included my designs and colours in their new collection.
I am now in conversation with a British mill, hoping to produce my heavier- weight fabrics and make them available to purchase. These large samples pieces were woven at the University of Derby on the Jacquard loom and are fine wool on a cotton warp. They would be ideal for upholstery and created quite a buzz with prospective buyers - they were definitely favourites at the show. These will of course need to be tested for durability prior to becoming available for sale, in line with furnishing industry normal requirements and I can't wait to see them in production .
The lace, above, woven for me by MYB Textiles in Ayryshire, was also widely admired. This unique voile fabric has a fine base (in this case cotton) into which the pattern is gradually woven. Once complete, all the non-woven threads are snipped away leaving the pattern as if floating in the gauze. My striking designs and this age-old technique are united to create a contemporary translucent fabric which would work well in both modern and traditional spaces. I would love to experiment further with this beautiful fabric.
In addition to working with the companies above I also had invaluable help and advice from DHJ Weisters of Darwen. They worked with me on a number of other designs, one of which was on show with my small samples. I am still working with Weisters, so hopefully there will be more to show here soon.