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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have company whilst working?
Bertie sits close by each day, we have 6music on the radio.
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!
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!
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.
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?
What’s your favourite instagram account?
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/