Conversational Collaboration

Collaborations are so much about conversations and as Ruth and I sit down to design there is always a flow of ideas and decisions that eventually need to be agreed upon as we work with the process.  This week has been exciting on the design front with the developing of new approaches to making work whilst keeping true to our use of original and hand drawn/painted imagery. This second collection most definitely has the WOW factor as it draws to its conclusion.

Patience in that everyone is busy, engaged, developing, marketing, presenting, involved in Design Fairs, Projects and global travel.  It is a waiting game, following through and maintaining contact with prospective clients are ongoing conversations.


Perseverance in that we shall not be disheartened.  It is a competitive world and we need to be persistent.  We believe in our product and following through is essential to getting our product out there. We need to keep the channels open.

Productivity is in abundance as designs have been extended, different colourways established and yet more concepts have evolved.  Landscape Graffiti as a subject has surprised us and provided extensive opportunities for exciting and innovative interpretations.

A wee bit of history re conversational pattern:


Conversational pattern: a fabric design started in the 1800’s that has a recognizable picture such as an animal or plant, named as they usually start a conversation.

Collaboration: the action of working with someone to produce something. here is an example.


Wonderland – Mad Hatter

A contemporary collaborative textile design based on the above design.



“This contemporary toile design illustrates the intersection of myth and memory. It depicts a fantastical interpretation of nature, where human objects of the past conjure up memories of lost treasures. It is a collaboration between an artist and textile designers.


Good news that the Bath Woodworks community project which we support has now employed an upholsterer who is very enthused about using our textiles on the donated furniture.  Restored and upholstered items will then sold in The Woodworks shop in Bath.

This all taps into our ethos of ecology and upcycling of secondhand items into works of art.  We have also discovered that there is a trend for art galleries who are showing interest and displaying ‘high end craft’  within the gallery space alongside paintings and sculpture, creating further diversity for clients.

An example of the opulent side of upcycling too. Bokja’s Sixties bean sofa, featuring a collection of luxurious vintage cloths – Aubusson tapestry, ikat, velvet Bukhara, Russian chintz and African Kente – will set you back £15,000 (Dancing Lady Sofa).



A few more glimpses of current designs

To be continued…….

Jane Eaton