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DESIGN PROCESS

Designing is a considered and slow process, a thoughtful process of how an item will be both beautiful, as well as practical.  Following the William Morris principle of form follows function, I hope to create items that can be practically used or worn. The making takes time, each piece treated with care. Design and marbling inspiration come from nature, music, art and even architecture.  Occasionally the design will start from the materials received, some of which are pre-loved and then repurposed and given an extended life.   My designs are created as lifestyle pieces for the discerning, eco-conscious consumer, with my hope that they will last a generation and beyond.

When a piece is made, it is tested, worn or used in our home, to see how tactile and functional it is, tweaking the design as needed.  I design and make leather goods for durability, wishing them to be handed on for generations to come, so I offer free repairs for life on all of my leather aprons and bags.  When making a 3D design, I first sketch on paper, create a 3D paper, then a fabric prototype. This is tweaked, reworked and made again, before making the final piece in marbled textiles or leather. 
 

 

Materials are sourced responsibly, for their provenance and environmental impact.  I choose supple, strong leather from reputable tanneries in Britain and Italy, who use traditional sustainable processes, that do not harm the environment and know where their hides come from.  The leather is of the highest quality, produced using natural tannins.  Each hide has character and will age beautifully, the patina darkening over time. After tanning, each hide is then dressed and hand-stained by a master currier, using techniques passed down from generation to generation. This leather is sustainable and 100% compostable at the end of its long life.  

I repurpose leather received from furniture and shoe manufacturers, creating small bags, journals and jewellery from the leather.  Using traditional hand tools, heritage crafting techniques, the design produces pieces that are simple, classic, but with a contemporary twist.  Made not for fast fashion, but for longevity, to be cherished and then passed on.  Marbling makes each piece one of a kind, a piece of art to be worn and used.  I brand all my products, as branding ensures the authenticity of British craftsmanship.
Papers chosen for marbling and bookmaking are hand made, sourced from paper mills here in the UK and in France.  I am working on a range of my own hand made paper, using up my paper offcuts, threads and textiles.  I also add in wildflower seeds and for commissioned wedding stationery, I add plant based glitter.  I also marble on recycled paper to use for my complimentary gift wrapping.  I also have a range of marbling designs for printed gift wrap and cards. These are printed on recycled paper. 

Marbling on natural textiles offers contemporary design for your home decor.  I choose high quality fabrics, sourced from mills as dead-stock, saved from landfill to create cushions, lampshades and scarves.