Parterre is inspired by a beautifully structured garden – with paths, hedges, tumbling blooms, organized plantings, and flowerbeds laid out in colour and seasonal sequence. It is a treasured resource giving year-round flowers to gather into bunches to present to friends and family or to bring fragrant beauty into your home. Even a tiny London plot can yield daily treasures. My new collection reflects the nature of such a garden with flowers a-plenty; sequences of floral beauty sit alongside hand-drawn stripes and dancing geometrics reflecting the colours and rhythms of the year. I’ve drawn inspiration from gardens I know and love, my current leafy surroundings, and motifs from my own textile design history. As in the garden, ‘Parterre’ moves from wintery Cheerfulness, sparkling on a sky-blue ground, to the early spring of Blossom, in both Midnight and Scarlet colourways, and on into summer’s bounty. Lola and Flowerbed are both patterns of the prettiest little floweriness, one on a creamy ground, the other on a soft leafy green. Woodland Blooms nod wistfully in the blue shade. Bountiful, in rouge, shows a more sophisticated aspect, mysterious in its use of tonality and textures. And Poppy Field is just that – all those little dancing globes dotted in a grassy bank. In this particular gardening story, all are accompanied by the geometry of Bestfriend – a sequence of diamonds of course – and the merry stripes of Carousel, bringing us around the year. The more formal aspect of a parterre garden, the layout of the beds and paths perhaps, is reflected in Brilliant, while Rosa makes an everlasting journey of pinks and reds, with shadow and light playing at every turn. Happily, four of these patterns, Poppyfield, Lola, Bestfriend and Bountiful, will also be offered on a cotton lawn – such a lovely cloth to sew and wear. That dreamy summer dress can see you through sunny days, with a pieced and quilted jacket for cooler evenings. Enjoy this garden of delights!
Ships in March 2024
by Sarah Campbell