A bright, Spring day, down by the Thames, where the houses drip with Wisteria proved the perfect backdrop for our AW16/SS17 photoshoot with the brilliant team at Title.
Shabby Chic on a Fabulous Scale
The location was the most extraordinary place – a glorious Georgian townhouse filled with books, bicycles, fine art, contemporary sculpture and found objects. It was shabby chic on a fabulous scale with flaking paint, warped stair treads and in places, crumbling brick. The effect was magical and photographer Simon Winnall captured the feeling of faded grandeur and warmth, which was perfect for the shoot.
If shabby chic is your thing, you should probably have at look at some of the wonderful places on the blog Bible of British Taste.
We had a great time during the photoshoot and huge thanks go to all the team. Absolutely love working with experts and seeing them at work. Inspiring and inspired! xxx
Throughout my design career, I often come back to the things that inspire me most. I can get entirely lost in the work of Ivan Bilibin, a Russian illustrator of the early 19th Century and his contemporary, the theatre designer Leon Bakst. Folk embroidery from India and Afghanistan and designers from the English Arts and Crafts movement such as William Morris and William de Morgan have also been sources of delight. In this new collection of prints, I can see all of these influences and it was wonderful that the collection of beautifully fluid silk robes and pyjamas sat so comfortably in a house full of equally eclectic influences.
One of the Longstaff Longstaff sisters lived in house similar to this and when she died, I was given boxes and boxes of vintage lace, long kid gloves and silk evening shawls. The Lacewing print was made using scraps of vintage lace that I painted and then printed through the butterfly stencil. I’m sure she would have loved the print so I hope she would have approved of how her lace was used!
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