EYE ON DE­SIGN

Penny Mor­ri­son, founder of The Fab­ric Col­lec­tive, shares her pas­sion for ar­ti­san tex­tiles

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What was the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind The Fab­ric Col­lec­tive?

To have the best show­room for ar­ti­san fab­rics and wall­pa­pers, show­cas­ing con­tem­po­rary col­lec­tions from es­tab­lished brands to emerg­ing tal­ent. My love of fab­rics be­gan with col­lect­ing small pieces of vin­tage chintz and weaves from flea­mar­kets many years ago, and since I started print­ing my own I have be­come fas­ci­nated with hand­crafted de­signs and tech­niques. The col­lec­tions are cho­sen for their in­di­vid­ual cre­ative sto­ries and to­gether are an eclec­tic yet com­ple­men­tary mix. De­light­ful flo­rals, naïve etch­ings, Turk­ish and In­di­an­in­spired mo­tifs, sit along­side ab­stracts and fine dec­o­ra­tive lin­ings. Muted shades are off­set by splashes of vi­brant colour, while linens and cot­tons min­gle with soft vel­vets and wool.

What’s your ad­vice for dec­o­rat­ing with ar­ti­san prints?

In­tro­duc­ing ar­ti­san prints is a great way to cre­ate the lay­ered look that ev­ery­one is striv­ing for to­day. If try­ing to cre­ate a calm at­mos­phere, it is best to keep up­hol­stery in plain colours or muted small prints and to add in bolder pat­terns on cush­ions, an ot­toman or a small chair. Small­pat­terned fab­rics also look less busy if they are mono­chrome, like some of Wal­ter G’s mud and hand-blocked prints. Sim­i­larly, large-scale fab­rics in faded soft colours are less dom­i­nat­ing.

What’s new for 2019?

Printed vel­vets are pop­u­lar. We’ve just added Parker & Jules to the col­lec­tive, whose beau­ti­ful play­ful vel­vets nod to de­signs from 1950s Scan­di­navia, but fea­ture fresh, strik­ing colour­ways. Also, we have just moved into a lovely ex­panded space on the ground floor of the Chelsea Town­house at 9 Lang­ton Street. Bot­tom left: Wal­ter G Kanoko linen, Hanami linens, Kan­tha linen and Vil­lages in­digo cot­ton, all £185 per m Below: The Fab­ric Col­lec­tive show­room

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