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St Jude’s de­sign col­lec­tive is go­ing back to its roots, with the re­lease of two of English painter and il­lus­tra­tor Ed­ward Baw­den’s orig­i­nal, de­tailed de­signs

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Founded by hus­ban­dand-wife team Si­mon and Angie (pic­tured) Lewin in 2005, the St Jude’s of to­day has grown or­gan­i­cally into a true col­lec­tive, with artists such as Emily Sut­ton, Mark Hearld, Jonny Han­nah and Ed Kluz in its fold. As Si­mon ex­plains, though all of their works are unique, one of the strong uni­fy­ing threads is Ed­ward Baw­den’s in­flu­ence in his de­light­ful de­pic­tions of daily life, both in the city and the coun­try­side. Lewin wa­gers that if you asked any of the col­lec­tive for their top ten cre­ative in­spi­ra­tions, the artist and il­lus­tra­tor would pop up on ev­ery list.

The brand’s ad­mi­ra­tion for the 20th cen­tury’s great­est artists-turned­de­sign­ers led it to be­come an en­gine, in that same vein, for a new gen­er­a­tion – Emily Sut­ton won the ELLE Dec­o­ra­tion Bri­tish De­sign Award for her whim­si­cal ‘Cu­rios­ity Shop’ fab­ric in 2011, and Mark Hearld won in 2012 for his wall­pa­per de­sign ‘Har­vest Hare’ – but it made sense that the next step be, well, back­ward. Last year, the brand launched ‘St Jude’s Stu­dio Ar­chive’, the Lewins’ first foray into reprint­ing the work of their he­roes. They worked with artist Chloe Cheese on the pro­duc­tion of her mother, Sheila Robin­son’s ‘Mon­keys and Birds’ (cen­tre) – a wall­pa­per she had printed in her home in Great Bard­field, Es­sex.

The next nat­u­ral move was to re­pro­duce the work of Ed­ward Baw­den, also from Great Bard­field. This Septem­ber, St Jude’s will launch ‘Seaweed’ (top), with three other de­signs, in­clud­ing ‘Tree and Cow’ ( bot­tom), launch­ing in 2018. They all per­fectly cap­ture the sim­ple beauty of the Bri­tish coun­try­side (stjudes­fab­rics.co.uk).

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