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New Collections Sneak Peak: Twist, Mori Girls & Cotton Candy

If you follow us on Instagram you’ve likely seen a few sneaky peaks of some of our upcoming collections. But in case you haven’t (or you just want to see them again because they’re just so tempting) then we’re giving you a sneaky peak of 3 collections hitting our stockist’s stores very very soon.

TWIST

First up, we have a new co-ordinate collection called Twist, to compliment the other collections and to support your sewing projects. Flurry has been the staple co-ordinate for Dashwood fans since we launched over two years ago, so it seemed about time to bring another pattern into the mix.

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Twist Strike Offs In From The Mill

Currently available in 6 fresh colours, Twist will be with our stockists in the next month or so, ready for you to add to your (every growing…) stash! View the full collection here.

MORI GIRLS

Jilly P has been busy designing a really cute Dashwood collection called Mori Girls, inspired by a Japanese cultural style of ‘forest girls’. This collection features whimsical Mori girls, cute dogs and florals in a modern Eastern style.

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Mori Girls Strike Offs

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Mori Girls Collection Sheets

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Mori Girls Dog Print

Mori Girls is on the website now for you to look at, and we’ll be interviewing Jilly P very soon on the blog. It’s due to be stocked later in Autumn, so keep your eyes peeled for exact dates soon!

COTTON CANDY

This is a super sneak peak of Cotton Candy, the latest Dashwood Studio collection by Susan Driscoll. It’s not even up on the website or back from the mill with strike offs, but we know just how much you guys LOVE geometric prints, so we couldn’t resist giving you a taste of this collection coming this winter.

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Cotton Candy Collection Sheets

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Cotton Candy Collection Sheets matched to our Twist co-ordinates

Which collection are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

 

Dashwood Designer: Rebecca Stoner

Name: Rebecca Stoner
Collection: Prairie
Website: http://rebeccastoner.co.uk/
Blog: http://rebeccastoner.co.uk/blog/

Today on the blog we are treating you to an interview with Dashwood designer Rebecca Stoner! Rebecca has designed our latest fabric collection Prairie, and we talk to her about her career, designing the collection and where she gets her inspiration…

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How did you get into surface pattern design?

After working in admin and accounts for a few years after leaving school and feeling very unfulfilled, I decided to pursue my dream of having a creative career. I went to University and studied a degree in Art & Design, specialising in Textile and Surface Pattern Design, followed by an MSc in CAD (Computer Aided Design) for Textile Designers.

I graduated in 2005 and was immediately accepted onto the Visual Enterprise Scheme which supported Arts Graduates in setting up their businesses within the Creative Industries. It was during this time that I set up my business and exhibited at my first Trade Shows:

BCTF and Top Drawer.

Initially I began designing my own fabrics and manufacturing products such as cushions, bags and home accessories from them but after a few years I began to focus purely on the Surface Pattern Design side of my work. Gradually I began doing more freelance work for companies and also carried out a lot of Public Art commissions.

In your words, what is your design style?

I would say my style is quite organic, detailed and often delicate. I use a combination of hand drawing and hand printing to create my designs. I love colour and I enjoy spending time experimenting with different colour palettes.

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Is this your first fabric collection?

It is my first full fabric collection in my own name and I’m very excited about it! I have created designs for fabric before but they have usually been one-off designs and mainly for other studios or companies.

This is the first time I’ve had my own name on a collection and it feels great!

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Where do you seek inspiration for your designs?

Everywhere! Since I began my degree at University and discovered the world of Surface Pattern Design, it’s as if it opened up a whole new way of looking at the world – through patterned glasses!

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I see pattern, colour and inspiration in all different places, some being more obvious than others. I love walking in the countryside and I’m always stopping to take photos of flowers, leaves, grasses and even shadows, much to the annoyance of my dog!

Inspiration Prairie Vintage lace

Did something in particular inspire ‘Prairie’?

Well I’m slightly addicted to Pinterest and love creating moodboards on there. I began pinning images of lace, crochet and doilies and the more I pinned, the more I wanted to create a collection inspired by some of the beautiful patterns found in the different techniques.

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I loved the idea of looking at traditional textile techniques such as crochet work and lace and developing a collection of contemporary designs that could be printed onto fabric and then used again in traditional techniques such as quilting and dressmaking.

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What was the process of designing the collection like?

I began by doing lots of detailed hand drawings inspired by the crochet and lace images I had found and then I scanned these in and began to create the actual designs from them on the computer.

Prairie Fabric Collection

By the time I submitted the designs to Dashwood the collection was more or less finished apart from a few tweaks that were needed. David helped me to make the collection even stronger by suggesting a couple of colourway changes and adjustment of scale on a couple of the designs but apart from that it was ready to go!

Rebecca Stoner Workspace

What’s your workspace like? 

I work from home and I’m fortunate in that I have a dedicated room as a studio space. I have 2 desks, one for my computer and clean work and then another desk that is my ‘messy’ desk where I get to have fun drawing and hand printing. I’ll often have BBC Radio 4 on or some music, depending what mood I’m in and whether I’m drawing or working on the computer.

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My rescue Lurcher dog, Bertie, keeps me company and ensures I take regular breaks by pestering me to go out for walks! Working from home all day can often mean long periods of time alone so he’s great company and forces me to get outside.

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Do you have a favourite design from the full collection?

This does change from time to time but at the moment it is the Scattered Flowers design which is the one with the organic/folky flowers dancing around on the blue background.

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What are you looking forward for the rest of 2014?

To seeing my fabric in real life! I’m really excited to see what different things people are going to make using Prairie.

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I’ve already had people contacting me, saying how much they love the collection and what they’d like to make with it.

 

Quick fire round!

(We ask all our designers these burning questions!)

What’s your favourite magazine?
I’ve recently discovered UPPERCASE Magazine which is full of great articles on design, illustration and all things creative. It has some beautiful images and photography in there and is a complete feast for the eyes!

What’s your favourite blog?
There are many but if I had to name a few it would be Print and Pattern (of course!), Pattern Observer and Love Print Studio Blog.

What’s your favourite exhibition or event?
I recently went to Angie Lewin’s “A Natural Line” exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and I was completely blown away. I love her work and have followed it for a long time but this was the first time I’d seen it up close and I left feeling totally inspired.

How do you take your tea?
Tea, quite strong, 1 sugar and probably too frequently!

What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on a big project for York Hospital where I’ve created surface pattern designs that are going to be laser cut out of metal, powder coated and hung on the walls as decorative panels. I’m also working on some greetings cards designs. I love that my work is so diverse and that no one day is ever the same.

Thanks Rebecca for answering our questions and giving us a sneak peak into your life and work! 

You can click here view Rebecca’s Prairie Collection for Dashwood Studio and find all our stockists on our blog sidebar. If you get your hands on the Prairie collection and get crafty and make something with it, we’d love to see it – please send us an email and we’ll feature it on the blog!

Behind The Scenes at Dashwood Studio

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Welcome to the Dashwood Studio blog, and this, our very first blog post!

It makes sense to start our blogging journey by telling you a little bit more about Dashwood – the team, the designers and the studio – and give you a bit of a behind the scenes glance into life at the studio.

Dashwood Studio Aims and Values

To Support UK Design Talent

As a UK design house we want to support UK designers. That means working with fantastic home-grown designers such as Phyllida Coronéo and Wendy Kendall to produce beautiful fabric collections and showcase how forward thinking and commercial our British talent is.

To Produce Quality Contemporary Fabric

For us, quality is key when it comes to producing our cotton fabric collections – which is why we work closely with our Korean printers who mirror our standards and strive for the highest quality at every stage of production. We have thorough checks to make sure the colours and scale of the patterns are spot on, by reviewing strike-offs for each collection (see photos below). Our contemporary fabrics are perfect for quilting, home-sewing and dressmaking.

Who is behind Dashwood?

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David Sweet is the creative force behind Dashwood, working with designers, printers and distributors to ensure all collections meet the Dashwood standard. With more than 15 years in the business working in the highly competitive US and European markets, David has returned to the UK and is passionate about supporting homegrown talent and putting Britain on the fabric map.

Current Designers and Collections

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Phyllida Coroneo

Phyllida is the designer behind the first Dashwood Studio collection, Enchanted Forest. Living and working in Buckinghamshire, Phyllida currently creates collections for the home, stationery, fashion and children’s markets. We’ll be interviewing Phyllida about her collection and will share it with you next week!

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Wendy Kendall 

Manchester-based surface pattern designer Wendy has expanded on her award-winning pattern Petite Street (Ideal Home Show Wallpaper Design of The Year) to create our second collection. Wendy has over 10 years experience in the bedding/nursery design field and is now freelancing and working on her own projects. We’ll be getting to know more about Wendy on the blog very soon.

The Studio

And last but not least, as everyone loves a through-the-keyhole moment, here’s a sneak peak into our studio and some shots of the process behind designing and creating our collections:

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It was an exciting moment to be able to handle the rolls of our first collection, Enchanted Forest 

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Untitled  Design and inspiration printouts cover any available desk space at the studio

Yeshen Venema Photography A beautiful quilt made for our launch party by Izzy at Creative Quilting using Enchanted Forest

Yeshen Venema Photography We love the natural light that floods the studio, come rain or shine

Untitled  Strike-offs come back from the printers to check colour and scale accuracy

If you want to find out more about becoming a Dashwood designer – get in touch here. If you’d like to find out more about the latest collections, view our gallery.

Photos by Yeshen Venema and Jen Smith