It’s a sweltering hot June day in Delhi so we though we’d escape virtually and take take a look back at a few of the highlights from our trip to England (aside from visiting friends and family, of course!)
May in Bloom
You can’t talk about England without mentioning the weather, and whilst we had a couple of sunny days, it wasn’t always rosy. Though at least the flowers were in full bloom wherever we went!
Artist Textiles at the Fashion Textile Museum
Did you know that Picasso, Miro and Warhol all made commercial fabrics? We loved this inspiring exhibition at the Fashion Textile Museum, featuring Picasso’s abstract prints, Miro’s chicken pattern and Warhol’s apple print skirt. However our favourite was Saul Steinberg’s characterful, fun and colourful illustrative prints.
Alchemy Festival at the Southbank Centre
We had some good times at the Southbank Centre where we were part of Alchemy, their annual festival of Indian culture, exhibiting at the Designwallah pop up shop. It was a great event, organised by the brilliant Kathy of Shake the Dust, and so lovely to meet all the other designers. As a bonus a load of our friends from Delhi were also in town. Hanif Kureshi with his hand painted type project, plus Kriti Monga of Turmeric Design was doing her thing (ie. beautiful hand lettering) on two massive walls.
Designers Makers at Spitalfields Market
One Saturday was spent selling our wares at Designers Makers at Spitalfields Market. Again, it was fantastic to meet the other designers, especially our stall neighbour Oywah who makes cute purses and pouches in yummy colour leathers.
Stockist visit to Couverture
We popped in to see our new stockist, Couverture and the Garbstore in London’s Notting Hill. A really gorgeous shop, we were so happy to see our cushions, quilts and tea towels on display!
Finally, we had a very ‘British’ day out at Hatfield House. We found a portrait of Elizabeth I particularly interesting. Apparently it was the fashion then for people to wear a print of their profession on their clothes. Being the Queen she would see and hear everything, so the painting shows her with eyes and ears embroidered all over her dress. Kind of creepy, kind of cool!