Dashwood Designer: Jilly P

It’s always exciting when a new collection leaves the studio and goes into production, especially when we’ve had such an overwhelming response to the sneak peaks we’ve been sharing on Instagram and Facebook. Our upcoming Mori Girls collection is one such collection which has captured the hearts of our fabric loving fans.

Mori Girls

Mori Girls is the debut collection from illustrator Jillian Phillips. Inspired by her love of Yoyogi Park in Tokyo and featuring her little dachshund Bertie, there are a mix of florals, conversationals and sweet repeats.

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This week on the blog, we’re chatting with Mori Girls designer Jilly P and discovering how the collection came to life, her influences and a behind – the – scenes of creating it:

How did you start working with Dashwood?

Dashwood Studio got in touch last year after seeing my website and work online. I had been looking for a fabric company to work with for a while so I was delighted to be offered the chance to collaborate on a collection!

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What patterns or ideas in mind already before starting the process?

I had a vast collection of prints which I getting ready to show my clients, so I passed these on to David (our creative director) to see if there was anything he liked as a starting point. He chose a girl print which had other elements like trees, cats, dogs and flowers, and it just flowed from there really.

Bertie Jilly P Mori Girls

What was the inspiration for the collection?

I love to draw inspiration from my annual trip to Japan, and also from my own little dog Bertie. I tend to draw a lot of girl characters and florals when I doodle, definitely my favourite subject.

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Do you have a design process you follow?

I spend some time doodling and playing around with very rough ideas. Then I move on to working on the computer, adding textures and detail where I think it’s needed. It can take about 2-3 hours to get the characters right, but some designs take a bit longer. This year is the first time in ages I’ve started using sketchbooks as a way of storing ideas. They are a lovely record of all the great things that I see and can spark an idea month’s after drawing/finding them.

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Where do you design?

I work from home in my spare room, it’s a tiny room, I’d love to have a big studio space one day, but for now it’s the spare room for me.

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Do you have company whilst working?

Bertie sits close by each day, we have 6music on the radio.

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MORI 1151

What’s a typical working day like for you?

I start work between 8 and 8.45am, depending on when I’ve come back from the morning dog walk. I have to have a cup of tea while I sit and read emails, then it’s a case of starting the first design job for the day. I try not to work too many late nights these days- I used to do 12 hour days but I don’t like doing that anymore if I can help it. If I do work late these days, I’m usually doing something like sketching ideas for new prints- away from the computer!

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What would you like to see made with the fabric?

Childrens’ quilts, bedding and little dresses.

Will you be making anything?

I’m going to attempt(!) to make some dresses and bedding for samples to show clients… My sewing skills are a bit rusty!

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MORI 1152

What are you working on next?

I’m just about to start on a spring summer range for Dashwood, so I’m really looking forward to that. It’s always fun.

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MORI 1150

Quick Fire Questions

Who or what inspires you?

I love beautiful photography, Japanese craft and design books and scandinavian home ware.

What blogs do you love?

Fine little day and Hello Sandwich

What’s your favourite instagram account?

Too many to choose from! But check out emilymisabella, mirdinara, aikofukawa, choidecoco

Which print from Mori Girls is your fave?

Has to be the bertie print – the sausage dogs!

Tea or coffee?

TEA, all day long :)

Favourite afternoon snack?

ooh, on special occasions a chocolate biscuit is perfect.

 

Jilly’s website: http://jillyp.co.uk/

Find Jilly on Instagram: https://instagram.com/jillyp_studio/

It’s all a Bloom during our Nature Trail in our Secret Garden…

We’ve clearly got a thing for flora and fauna at Dashwood, as have you because you’re loving our nature inspired collections and snapping them up before we’ve barely time to get the shipments into the studio and out to our stockists!

And so we’ve been gathering some amazing examples of how to to use three of our latest collections Bloom, Secret Garden and Nature Trail to inspire you. Not that you need any more excuse to get your hands on the latest collections!

First up… Bloom!

Bloom Dashwood Studio

Mini quilt by @joanne333jones on Instagram

Bloom Dashwood Studio by Nikki @theochiltree on Instagram

Bloom zippy purse with linen panel

Bloom Dashwood Studio

Bloom quilted cushion

The Very Secret Garden

Secret Garden Dashwood Studio

Use this handy guide to match our Secret Garden prints to our Flurry colours!

Secret Garden Dashwood Studio

A few more of the wonderful props made for our Open weekend . Tipi Tots, Helen May @madebyhrm and Bree Lucas.

Purse by Emily @LoveStrawBerryPatch on Instagram

Purse by Emily @LoveStrawBerryPatch on Instagram

 

Secret Garden Dashwood Studio

Secret Garden quilt by Emily @lovestrawberrypatch made for our open day!

Our Secret Garden tepee went down a storm at our open day!

Our Secret Garden tepee went down a storm at our open day!

And finally, a little Nature Trail

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Gorgeous Nature Trail dress by Kelly @jackandmeganuk on Instagram

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Embroidered deer detail by @robotmomsews on Instagram

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Crochet detail dress by @luluferris on Instagram

Another pretty dress using Nature Trail, this time by @liesellove.be on Instagram

Another pretty dress using Nature Trail, this time by @liesellove.be on Instagram

 

Have you used any of our fabrics in a recent make? Tag us @dashwoodstudio on Instagram so we can see, repost and feature you on the blog

Dashwood Designer: Rachel Cave on her collection Bloom

On the blog today, we’re talking to Rachel Cave – the designer of our latest collection ‘Bloom’ which features a myriad of graphic flowers in contemporary muted colours. Whether you like your florals in straight lines or scattered, there’s a piece of nature for everyone in this collection and we’re excited for Rachel to share a little sneak peak into the process of creating it:

Rachel Cave

How did working with Dashwood Studio come about?

I had spotted fellow designs had ranges produced and so I contacted Dashwood as I was after having my own range produced. Luckily David was aware of my work and it was great collaboration!

Bloom Fabric Collection Rachel Cave

Did you have the collection designed already or did you create it for Dashwood from scratch?

I designed the collection from scratch exclusively for Dashwood after sending some ideas through that I had.

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What inspired the collection?

 A floral theme, influenced by Scandinavian prints.

Where do you start with designing and how does it grow and develop?

I start off with drawing floral elements that I want to include and it grows from there. It’s quite an organic process. When designing a collection I try and create them all together so that they all sit well and there’s enough variation within the collection. Then I pull out my favourite ones and get them looking just right.

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Were there any challenges or moments of pure joy whilst designing Bloom?

Getting the right balance of prints can be tricky, but I found this collection came really easy and flowed from the moment I started creating it. Deciding on colours can sometimes take a while, but I had my ideas from the start and It only needed a few tweeks to get it looking right.

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BLOO 1139

Where do you design? Do you have your own office/studio space? What’s it like?

I design from my desk in my living room. It looks out the window into the garden so perfect for plant inspiration. It’s quite tidy as I need a clear head when designing!

Do you have company whilst working?

My husband also works from home so there’s always someone popping in and out. Plus there’s my house rabbit Alfie who sits at my feet most days.

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What’s a typical working day look like for you?

Depending on my work schedule a typical day I’ll be at my desk by 10, and work through till the evening. Some briefs can be quite tight so I’ll be very busy. But other days the work calms down and I can get out the house and head to the beach, the joy of being freelance!

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How did you get into design? Did you have specific training?

I studied Fashion/ Textiles at Wiltshire College and went on to do a Degree in Surface Design at London College of Communication. A great course, that was mainly screen printing, but it helped me gain the skills to design full time once I left.

What advice would you give to someone who would like to follow in your footsteps?

The key for me has always been a great website that really showcases your best work.

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What would you like to see made with your fabric?

Kids clothes, cushions, toys..the list is endless.

Do you sew? If so, will you be making anything using the collection? 

Even though I sewed alot during my college course, I was never that good and have since sold my sewing machine. I’ll leave it to the professionals!

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BLOO 1142

What are you working on now? What’s coming up project-wise for you?

I’ve got a few briefs in the pipe line creating food packaging, a really exciting venture that I’m getting involved with more and more. As well as creating patterns for my agent who sells internationally.

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BLOO 1144 gold

If you could design another collection for Dashwood, what would it be like?

I’d love to create another collection, maybe a geometric to balance out all the florals.

Bloom hits the shops later this summer. You can check out the full Bloom collection here, and head on over to Rachel’s website to nosey at her beautiful portfolio.

Dashwood Designers: Jessica Hogarth

Name: Jessica Hogarth
Collection: Street Life
Website: http://www.jessicahogarth.com

Jessica Hogarth Headshot

How did working with Dashwood Studio come about?

David, [Dashwood’s Creative Director] and I have known each other for a while, through other licensing projects. I created a one off mini print a couple of years ago which sold for Dashwood as a one off novelty, but we both wanted to collaborate on a full collection.

Street Life by Jessica Hogarth

Did you have the collection designed already or did you create it for Dashwood from scratch?

Other than one or two designs, I created the collection for Dashwood from scratch. We used some existing artwork of mine as inspiration, but it was nice to create a range of patterns specifically for this product.

 

What inspired the collection?

I am a big fan of exploring cities and love architecture in general. I wanted to create a body of work that hinted towards city life but was more subtle than some of the place specific designs I have created in the past.Jessica Hogarth Mood Board

Where do you start with designing and how does it grow and develop?

I start by doing lots of drawing. I often have a vision in my head about what I want a print to look and feel like, but until I start experimenting with layout it’s all about building a strong collection of illustrations.

Were there any challenges or moments of pure joy whilst designing Street Life?

I really enjoyed creating the people print. I did it one afternoon listening to some good music, and got stuck in to the drawings. I haven’t drawn many people so it was a nice challenge and I was pleased with the finished design.

Jessica Hogarth Studio
Where do you design? 

I have a unit in a business centre in Whitby. This is where I keep all of my stock, pack orders and of course do my design work. It’s light and in a building with lots of other businesses which makes it more social than when I worked from home.

Do you have company whilst working?

No, I work alone. When I worked from home my cat used to come and sit in my garden studio so I miss having him around, but he was quite mischievous so I probably get more work done now!

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What’s a typical working day look like for you?

Every day differs greatly, but it always involves some form of admin, online order sorting, and recently a lot of designing. I like the variety that comes with having my own business, and the fact that each day is truly different.

How did you get into design? Did you have specific training?

I studied Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern design at Leeds College of Art. This really prepared me for the commercial world of design, but I have learned so much working for myself the past three years.

What advice would you give to someone who would like to follow in your footsteps?

Work hard, be passionate and don’t underestimate the amount of paperwork and admin that comes with running a business!

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STLF 1105

What would you like to see made with your fabric?

I’d love to have some kind of chair upholstered with one of the prints. The car print is my favourite, it would be nice to have that made in to a top.

Do you sew? If so, will you be making anything using the collection?

No, I definitely don’t sew! My mum on the other hand, does. I’m hoping she is going to make me a mini quilt.

What’s coming up project-wise for you?

I am working with a couple of charities at the moment, creating artwork for use on a number of products set to launch later this year and in 2016. I am also busy developing ideas for new greetings card for my wholesale product range. I have two trade shows left this year and want to be able to offer my customers something new.

If you could design another collection for Dashwood, what would it be like?

Hm I’m not too sure! It would definitely be colourful and fun, but subject wise I am not too sure about. Suggestions welcome!

Stephanie Thannhauser talks to Dashwood Studio about her latest collection Rain or Shine

Today on the blog we welcome back Dashwood designer Stephanie Thannhauser – who was one of the first designer’s we worked with when we launched Dashwood Studio.

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Steph is the creator of our hit collection Annali and is now back with a fun and whimsical collection depicting the Great British Weather – Rain or Shine?

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We caught up with Steph to find out how she was inspired to design Rain or Shine and what she’s been up to since we last talked.

Hey Steph, thanks so much for joining us on the blog. Can you tell us what inspired Rain or Shine?

I just noticed a trend towards weather related imagery so when Dashwood asked for new range ideas I pitched the good old weather. We talk about the climate soooooo much in the UK, this is a very British collection but not in a union jack and red bus way.

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Absolutely! We can’t stop talking about the weather can we? It only seems right to have fabric about it too! So, was the process different to designing Annali?

No not really, I always start collecting images and colours to get a sense of the range and its direction before starting to design. I also created a Pinterest board which you can see here: https://www.pinterest.com/ricracuk/the-weather/

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We love Pinterest! Thanks for sharing that with us. Were there any challenges you faced during the design process?

The biggest challenge in this range was getting the size of the patterns right. I had to keep in mind how the designs might be used and make sure the patterns would be appropriate scales for a variety of projects.

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And what did you enjoy most about making the collection?

The colours. For me, it’s always the colours that inspire me first and foremost. As the range builds it’s always great to see how the colours work together in each pattern and as a range.

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RNSH 1099 Puddle Grey

It’s a really colourful collection. Do you have a favourite print?

Both of the Puddle designs because they came together like magic. Whilst sketching raindrops to scan and colour up in Illustrator, I started to run out of paper so I swerved round the paper creating a kind of swirl of rain which I knew I could correct later.

RNSH 1099 Puddle Pink

RNSH 1099 Puddle Pink

My plan had been to create a decorative rain coming straight down in rods like it does. But, when I saw the scan I thought, hello this looks great. I liked the movement and realised I had stumbled on something that was more interesting than my original idea. It just goes to show sometime it’s the mistakes we make that are better than the plan! ; )

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What would you most like to see made with Rain or Shine?

I’d love to see some children’s clothes made up in the range. I am really excited that the Umbrella print has been created in a oil cloth fabric as well, great for rain coats and aprons!

We can’t wait to see how people interpret it – and the oil cloth is a new experiment for us at the studio – but we have a feeling people are going to love it. Looking back to Annali, what was the response like to that collection?

It’s been great. I’ve had some great feedback and folk from a totally different discipline have seen my work which is fabulous. Thanks Dashwood!

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Oh no, thank you! It was a real hit and people loved it. So, how has your business evolved since Annali?

It’s helped me move back into an area I actually trained in. I did a BA in printed textiles but have spent most of my career designing embellishments for fashion and paper goods.

What else are you working on at the moment, or have in the pipeline?

I always seem to be juggling lots of different things for many different products. This week I received some samples of some wrap designs I created which look great, I am working on a new range of cards and have been asked to come up with some ideas for a Christmas project for a craft magazine. Busy, busy, busy… I LOVE it!

Sounds varied and a lot of fun! (And Christmas already!) Thank you Steph – we so thrilled to have you back at Dashwood and we are really excited to see Rain or Shine hit the shops in the next few weeks!