Pattern Play with Heather Moore, Kirk Brown II, Nicola Cliffe, Pauline Greuell, Sarah Burns and Sarah Campbell
Self-taught designer Heather Moore started her textiles and homeware brand Skinny laMinx in 2008. Her patterns were first screen-printed on tea towels, and now can be found on all kinds of homeware, from tiles to tablecloths, all recognisable by their distinctive colour palette, and optimistic vibes. Heather has her production studio and showroom in central Cape Town, South Africa, from whence she sends her joyful, sophisticated textiles across the globe.
Kirk Brown III
Kirk Brown III's mid-century modern printed textile collection is a stunning showcase of the bold and playful designs that defined this era. The collection includes textiles from some of the most renowned designers of the time, such as Alexander Girard, Ray Eames, and Marimekko. These textiles feature bright colors, graphic patterns, and a sense of optimism that reflected the post-war era. Brown's collection demonstrates how these textiles were not just for function, but also for decoration and to bring joy to people's lives. His collection highlights the importance of mid-century modern design and how it continues to influence contemporary textile design.
Nicola is a chemistry teacher with a lifelong love of textiles. Leaving the classroom to follow a childhood dream of attending art college, Nicola was triggered by a strong desire to redress the careless use of synthetic dyes worldwide. Inspired by her surroundings, Nicola transforms her sketches into flowing repeats and screen-prints them by hand in her garden studio. The delicate flowers of Achillea millefolium that grow in the garden every summer led to her first collection and thus, the birth of Madder Cutch & Co.
Stencil printing is a versatile and easily accessible printing technique that can be practiced in a small corner of your home with just a few inexpensive and non-toxic materials. The use of simple motifs can make a myriad of different intricate layered printing patterns. Having had a fabric and art-filled youth she initially chose another career before returning to her early inspirations later in life. After trying various printing techniques, she chose stencil printing as her preferred way of expressing herself on fabric. She developed her own stencil printing techniques for pattern making and refined them over the years.
Sarah Burns is a natural forager, exploring and reviving natural dyes and pigments from the plants and flowers she finds close to her Sussex workshop. She uses foraged natural dyes to create striking and organic patterns in hand-block printed textiles. Prior to running her own textile printing studio, Sarah studied Politics at Jesus College, Cambridge and Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art. Now a pattern-maker, textile printer and teacher, her fabrics are inspired by natural, seasonal materials and the places near where she lives and works on the South Downs.
An internationally acclaimed textile designer, Sarah Campbell was the co-founder of
a renowned design partnership with her late sister Susan Collier; they worked
together for more than fifty years. With a lifetime in pattern, she is constantly
developing her skills and design language, marrying the hand-painted, for which
she knew, with new digital technology where needed. Alongside her
continuing commercial collaborative design practice, Sarah undertakes private
commissions. 2023 has already seen the publication of her book Hand-Painted
Textiles, a Practical Guide to the Art of Painting on Fabric, based largely on a
a relatively new branch of her career as both a teacher and practitioner of the direct
application of pattern, and the new collection of hand block-printed fabrics for