Recently we went to Porto, Portugal, for a mini break. Having a creative mind means it can sometimes be hard to switch off but this was another level. All the tile covered buildings glistening in the midday sun, rich terracotta roof tops under a vivid blue sky and the shapes and patterns everywhere, even under my feet, had been thought through so beautifully. I couldn't get to my sketchbook fast enough, it was as if I was walking through my idea of the best sweet shop, but in
this case, a whole city!
I think this is my favourite collection to date but shhh, don't tell anyone, you are not supposed to choose your favourite child right?
The designs start off influenced by the colours, the detailed patterns and sketched inspirations from my trip. As I developed my ideas, the colours and patterns start to take on a life of their own, transforming into something new entirely.
Printed onto a linen, mixed with viscose to give it that extra strength for upholstery, my hand painted patterns sit perfectly on the natural colour and texture of the base cloth.
Take me back to the small alleyways, highly decorated buildings that sparkled in the sun!