Marthe Ar­mitage

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Artist and wall­pa­per de­signer Marthe Ar­mitage has col­lab­o­rated with Bri­tish fra­grance house Jo Malone to pro­duce a block-printed de­sign in three colour­ways that forms the pack­ag­ing for the lim­ited-edi­tion Sum­mer Af­ter­noon range. This beau­ti­ful col­lec­tion in­cludes soaps, drawer lin­ers, bath oil and an evoca­tive can­dle.

How did you get into block print­ing? I lived in In­dia for two years and would watch ar­ti­san crafts­men print­ing bed­spreads on long tables out in the open air. See­ing them at work, print­ing in their hit-and-miss way, I truly ap­pre­ci­ated the beauty in im­per­fec­tion. On com­ing back to Lon­don, I set up a work­shop on my land­ing and cre­ated my first wall­pa­per de­sign. It looked good, so I car­ried on! De­scribe your de­sign and mak­ing process. The idea comes first. I draw it onto lino and cut it out, try­ing my best not to make any mis­takes! The process takes a long time and it’s en­tirely pos­si­ble for the re­sult to be a fail­ure. I use an old off­set litho­graphic proof­ing press, made at the turn of the

19th cen­tury. As far as I know, all sim­i­lar ma­chines were sent off for scrap!

What’s the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind the de­sign you’ve cre­ated for this col­lec­tion? I met with the Jo Malone cre­ative team and af­ter much dis­cus­sion we agreed to use gar­dens as a start­ing point. Shortly af­ter­wards I vis­ited Chiswick House in Lon­don one sunny day for in­spi­ra­tion and see­ing chil­dren play­ing, gar­den­ers work­ing, the beau­ti­ful stat­ues and plants… it all felt so alive. I wanted to cap­ture that in my de­sign.

What’s your favourite Jo Malone scent? I couldn’t say – they all suit dif­fer­ent moods!

See Marthe Ar­mitage’s de­signs on the Sum­mer Af­ter­noon range at Jo Malone, 0800 054 2939, jo­ma­lone.

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