How better to round up my series of columns on UK design than by featuring fabrics from Liberty of London, easily the UK’s most world renown patterned textile producer? Liberty fabrics have a huge cult following and the brand is popular for reinventing and updating their famous florals. Typified by this lovely print ‘Gleeson’, a stylised pattern based on an archival screen print from the 1930s.
However, I’m intrigued by how Liberty’s textile design doesn’t just keep abreast of current trends but also sets them. Liberty’s exhibit a brave experimental streak and a strong interest in championing the arts and design in textiles (as witnessed by recent collaboration with artist of the moment Grayson Perry in 2009). It’s virtually a manifesto carried by the name ‘Liberty Art Fabrics’.
In Liberty’s current 2014 spring summer season I particularly like their bold photographic prints, an interesting new innovation for this ‘classic’ brand. Like this photographic print ‘Alexandra’ inspired by the glittering jewels of Liberty’s Jewellery Room.
And this fashion forward design ‘Holly’ created from photographs of ripped and ink splattered jeans, overlaid with just a hint of historic floral print continuing the photographic theme.
I’m going to leave you with a close up detail of the fabulous Alexandra photographic jewel print. Libertys have a vibrant sewing and craft blog where you can check out all the latest designs and be inspired to stitch here: Liberty Blog It’s well worth checking out.
I’ve had a blast sharing my favourite UK fabric designers with you in this column, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these designs as much as I’ve enjoyed searching the out for you. I’ll be taking a break from writing for a while to get back to creating my own fabric designs, but don’t despair I’m sure Mr X has someone exciting lined up to keep you entertained! Don’t forget to visit me on my blog and see what I’ve been up to. Til next time…. B.x
Bridgeen Gillespie AKA Cherry and Cinnamon is an illustrator, embroidery artist and sometime textile designer, she blogs at cherryandcinnamon.com