Thursday, September 30, 2010

My creative space: Of fairytales from far, far away, nursery this is how to spoil a child

I've coveted these "Far, Far Away Chapter II" fabrics from US designer Heather Ross for months now, and I wasn't disappointed when they finally arrived in the post. Heather Ross considers herself an artist and illustrator first and foremost, before a fabric maker, and the time and energy she spends on drawing and painting her fabric designs is obvious.

Always focused on childhood themes, innocence and tenderness, it feels as though you are sharing a little bit of love with your child and spoiling them rotten when you create something from her fabrics. Focused on happy traditions, her attention to detail extends even to the fact that rather than use fine-spun quilting fabrics, she has deliberately chosen to use a cotton linen, with a handmade, woven textile, to include a tactile, authentic feeling and experience.

Her "Far, Far Away I" collection drove the 'homemaker' market wild when it launched through design house Kokka, and this year's "Far, Far Away Chapter II" totally lived up to expectations. Key to the theme are the fairy tales about Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and the Princess and the Pea, and the nursery rhyme about the Owl and the Pussy-cat. I knew the minute I saw them that I had to have them, and thanks to the trust and artistic eye of a super-special new retailer (who I can't announce yet!) I was recently given the chance to develop this theme and create a whole new exclusive collection. Oh, the bliss! I've literally just finished my girls' and matching boys' lily pin board ranges, and I had to share with you.

The Rapunzel-themed board has been in the back of my mind for months now. I had a vision that the long plaited ponytails lent themselves perfectly to being accompanied by 'plaited' or zig-zag or woven ribbons for the pinboard - like Rapunzel's hair itself is literally wrapped around the pinboard. I'm rapt with the plaited ribbon I eventually found and think it looks lovely next to the candy-floss pink satin ribbons.

The other board rounded out the sweet, 'sugar and spice and all things nice' vintage theme for the girls collection- it's a baby pink Robert Kauffman damask and would look amazing in a little girl's room.

The Owl and the Pussy-cat blue boys' pinboard just instantly reminded me of the 'snips and snails and puppy dog tails - that's what little boys are made of' rhyme. It's perfect for cheeky, busy, wandering, musical little boys' nuseries. The traditional chocolate and turquoise gingham looks divine too.

My 'fairytales and nursery rhymes' collection is also accompanied by an exclusive range of misty-grey, vintage-inspired lily pads, only available at my new retailer. Watch this space - I can't reveal who yet!

PS: I'm hanging out now for Heather's new range to be available, sometime next year. It's called "Macaroni Love Story" and it features images of newspaper boats; wooden peg dolls; and macaroni play necklaces. Amazing!

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  1. They look SO gorgeous, the braid ribbon looks perfect :)

  2. Love them! Will you be bringing some to the market?


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