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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.

Jilly P Mori Girls

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!

Mori Girls Dashwood Studio

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.

MORI 1147

MORI 1147

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.

MORI 1149

MORI 1149

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.

MORI 1148

MORI 1148

Do you have company whilst working?

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

MORI 1151

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!

MORI 1146

MORI 1146

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!

MORI 1152

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.

MORI 1150

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/

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.

Twist Dashwood Studio

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.

Mori Girls Dashwood Studio

Mori Girls Strike Offs

Mori Girls Dashwood Studio

Mori Girls Collection Sheets

Mori Girls Dogs Dashwood Studio

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.

Cotton Candy Dashwood Studio

Cotton Candy Collection Sheets

Cotton Candy Dashwood Studio

Cotton Candy Collection Sheets matched to our Twist co-ordinates

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