Well, I confess to getting quite giddy over fabric - it maybe the tantalising prospect of it's potential, the allure of what is possible, the creativity that fuels future projects, but I am like a girl who is let loose in a fabulous shoe shop when it comes to textiles!
So, I was very excited last week when I met with the lovely Jo from Elliott Clarke to introduce me to the new fabric collection 'Jarman'. Elliott Clarke is a decorative fabric-house serving mainly the Australian and New Zealand market with their own collections, as well as representing international brands such as GP & J Baker, Mulberry Home, Malabar and Brunschwig & Fils to name a few.
The Jarman collection was named after UK film maker Derek Jarman as it was his coastal garden and house in Dungeness, Kent, that inspired the textile designs. Dungeness is a wild and dramatic landscape - the cottage and garden he created, sits on a shingle beach that juts out into the English Channel and is made perhaps slightly more foreboding by it's proximity to a nuclear power station. However, despite this somewhat unforgiving landscape, the garden he created is quite magical.
The latest collection recently launched at Sydney DesignEX, consists of a cohesive collection in terms of both use, colour and design with a mix of upholstery and drapery fabrics. Most have combination of cotton, linen with a viscose mix for durability, and have a great 'handle' or tactile quality. It is in the largely muted colour palette and linear graphic design that ties it back to the Dungeness landscape.
We saw the sofa above, made up in the 'Jarman' design, which is a fantastic washed cotton, where the dye has been unevenly applied, resulting in a natural faded appearance and as a washable fabric it becomes eminently appealing. The other washable fabric in the range is the Hockney Design - the striped pattern below and also draped over the sofa above.
The Chroma design above references the shingled beach and the tonal range of the English Channel - it comes in a stunning cotton velvet and translates beautifully into a sheer drapery fabric that we are just dying to use for a clients' project!
This collection is very appealing and on trend in terms of it's colour palette and range and we can see it being used across many different interiors (for example the Ludwig design below working beautifully on classic dining chairs to the soft washable cotton and sheers working well in a contemporary pared-back space).
We can't wait to work with it - if you are drawn to this collection too, please contact us and we can help with samples and more!