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Formed in 2016 by hus­band and wife team Cather­ine and David Cross, March & May re­flects their pas­sion for de­sign, a be­lief that their style is shared by a wider au­di­ence and a de­sire to cre­ate for the in­di­vid­ual. From their Der­byshire work­shop, the duo hand-print their de­signs on the finest-qual­ity linen. Cather­ine tells us more...

What in­spires you? Any­thing and ev­ery­thing – ar­chi­tec­ture, art and na­ture. We are also fas­ci­nated with ge­om­e­try and graph­ics. Our first col­lec­tion in­cluded de­signs that stemmed from both a Ja­panese ki­mono and an In­dian palace, whereas the lat­est col­lec­tion of fab­rics was in­flu­enced by a trip to Mo­rocco.

How long does it take you to pro­duce a de­sign? Some con­cepts are brought to life in a sin­gle morn­ing, while oth­ers evolve slowly over weeks of re­vis­it­ing and re­work­ing an idea. What do you think makes your de­signs so spe­cial?

They are ver­sa­tile, time­less and al­most sim­plis­tic pat­terns, given life by the in­her­ent im­per­fec­tions

of hand-print­ing with hand-mixed inks.

What do you love about what you do?

Work­ing with our minds and our hands to turn a vi­sion into some­thing tan­gi­ble. The whole process is very sat­is­fy­ing and lift­ing a screen to re­veal a print is a joy­ous thing.

What’s next? More in­spi­ra­tion means more pat­terns and more prod­ucts. We have added an up­hol­stery work­shop this year and are de­sign­ing our own fur­ni­ture to show­case the fab­ric. March & May, 0114 247 8274, march-may.

A se­lec­tion of March & May de­signs Cather­ine prints Hemel, £105m

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