9 Langton Street, London, is where you’ll find the Fabric Collective. They represent the very best hand printed wallpaper and fabric makers. Here you will find the likes of Rapture and Wright, Anna Spiro, Lake August, Penny Morrison and many more artisan designers. What I love about the fabric collective showroom, is that all the fabrics were presented in individual squares. No traditional unwieldy pattern books, making it easy to see the designs, and feel the weight and handle of the fabric. Downstairs, they have a glorious selection of lamp bases and lampshades and at the back of the showroom they have the most beautiful rugs. On the day I visited they were expecting some press photographers and they had a gorgeous selection of Anna Spiro fabrics laid out on their display table. I also remember they were burning a candle by SOH Melbourne, it was the most beautiful candle fragrance I’ve come across in a long time.
I’ve been on a couple of lino printing workshops, one in 2014 and one in 2018, both with Flora Arbuthnott (via VanessaArbuthnott.co.uk). The workshops took place in the beautiful Cirencester countryside. It’s a real treat to escape the hum drum and daily chores and spend time being creative in the company of other likeminded people, in a truly lovely setting. On both courses I got to experiment with lino printing and screen printing. My top tips for going on workshops would be to go prepared, on most workshops there will be lots of books and sources of inspiration to draw upon but take your note books and ideas. The time goes super- fast , so the quicker you can get going the better! Don’t miss the opportunity to ask lots of technical questions and it’s a good idea to get a list of the materials and equipment you have used on the day for future reference. Don’t wear your best clothes and remember your apron!
In October I celebrated turning 40 with an amazing trip to Stockholm. And just by chance, to escape the rain we found ourselves in the wonderful world of the Svenskt Tenn showroom. It was love at first sight for me, the furniture, the fabric, the colours and the style. The showroom is just a feast for the eyes, lots of original Josef Frank art work is on display throughout. Interestingly I learned that Josef Frank designed patterns specifically for wallpaper only and patterns that were for fabric only and never interchanged. As well as selling lots of amazing products, Svenkst Tenn is a working interior design studio and I couldn’t resist a peak inside. The client meeting room was round, and the walls were covered in William Morris’s Willow Boughs wallpaper- I guess it all comes from somewhere! Visit if you get chance.