Nichola Taylorson creates bespoke handmade luxury textiles, which are hand printed, combined with digital and hand embroidery, creating a tactile contemporary range of fabrics. Her ideas and inspiration come from an extensive stint living and working in India, where she learnt many new design techniques, and her love of craft and traditional processes grew. It was while in India that her business idea was born and began to blossom. She combines contemporary design methods with traditional craft and natural materials. Nichola’s design journey began in 2011 after graduating from Leeds College of Art in Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design. She pursued an opportunity in the heart of bustling Mumbai working for a furnishing fabric manufacturing company as their European designer. This is where her passion and expertise for digital embroidery grew. She found herself immersed in the rich Indian culture and was inspired by traditional craft techniques of block and mud print which is the concept behind her designs. She works closely with artisans in Jaipur using 100% natural fabrics.
Visual artist and photographer Helen Bankers fuses the past and the present in her latest release of fabric works – the designs. ‘Country Garden’ is a modern take on 19thcentury scientific botanical illustrations, featuring a dark green backdrop with pops of curated colour in the form of belladonna, brunia, cosmos, hydrangea petals and greens, lisianthus, nigella, thistle and zinnia. ‘Blue Cosmos’ takes its inspiration from the leading designer of the arts and crafts movement, William Morris. Featuring the inky blues of the cosmos flower, it also references the Delft Blue pottery from The Netherlands, another influence on Helen. “I’m drawn to aesthetics which resonate on an emotional level, through our sense of touch and visual memories.” She studied fine arts before choosing to explore her creativity through photography. The new designs are created from her photographic works printed onto luxury fabrics. “These latest works have evolved from my original limited edition works on paper. I have enjoyed experimenting with the print process, using new technology to transfer the artworks onto beautiful linens and velvets.