We are a small Cornish company based in the South East of Cornwall. My designs are inspired by the wonderful countryside, which I live in and love.
I have a background in fine Art Textiles and Printmaking….I have always loved fabrics and made things from a very young age. After my two children started school, I returned to work as a teacher, working in adult and community education. After ten years of teaching, and my children growing up, I decided to use my creative energies and start my own business. My passion was to make things that were both beautiful and practical from linen.
Like many small business owners, I do a bit of everything. When starting the business, I used to make all the products myself, but as the business has grown and developed, I have employed a small local team to help me. I still do all the designing and the hand printing myself, something I love. I enjoy researching new product ideas and fabric colours, spend some of my week on marketing projects, catching up with our stockists and working on new designs.
With my studio at the top of the garden, my day begins with a slow walk up the steps, through the flower beds to the studio, a mug of mint tea and a piece of toast with my dad’s honey in hand. Our big cutting table is the central hub of the studio and it is also a great place to gather with the team when we are creating new ideas. Meg and Hayley work with me – they sew all the products and I hand print each piece of linen that goes to make up our products. The amazing views from the studio are always transforming with the weather and the seasons. They provide an ever changing backdrop and a constant source of inspiration for new designs and ideas.
We work closely with our linen provider in The Baltics and it is here that all the fabrics are dyed to our chosen colour pallet. We use water-based inks for printing and harvested rain water to wash all of our printing screens. All of our fabric scraps are used by local schools for textile and craft activities… it’s great to see their creations!
We reuse all packaging and recycle good, strong boxes from local businesses to send out our orders. We pack smaller items in brown paper wherever possible and use compostable void fill in bigger, fragile orders.
Being situated in a small Cornish village means we are often being asked for donations to local charities which we love to support. Each year we donate a percentage of our Christmas show sales to Macmillan Cornwall.
Our new Honey Bee Collection, launched in September 2017 has proved extremely popular and 2018 will see new products added to this range. Look out for lampshades, cushions, tea towels, bread bags and peg bags printed with the lovely bee design.