The inspiration behind our January prints

The painter Vanessa Bell, and her writer sister, Virginia Woolf begin our story for 2019. The sisters spent their childhood summers in Cornwall at Talland House, which looks out across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse.

During their stays in St Ives, the girls took daily walks through the landscape of West Penwith. Our prints tell the story of these walks, wild with foliage and spring flowers and views across the ocean, dotted with sailing boats. The colours are drawn from the rugged landscape; vivid yellow gorse, granite greys, blues and greens from the wind-whipped sea and rich orange lichen tones.

Artist’s Leaf Print

Boswens Coat - Artist's Leaf print

A bold & contemporary print that celebrates movement and painterly mark making. Sophie drew inspiration from Vanessa Bell’s loose and free paintings and the forms and textures found in the work of artists based in St Ives in the mid-20th century.

Penwith View Print

Polpeor Shirt - Penwith View print

Sophie created this evocative, sea-inspired print which features the Penwith coastline and sailing boats in the distance. It has a beautiful, painterly quality with a textural feel – you can almost see the waves breaking as they roll in towards the shore.

Painted Leaf Print

Sea Kale Top - Painted Leaf print

Sophie used inks and pastels to create this leaf design, which references Vanessa Bell’s oil paintings in a decorative way that’s really lovely to wear.

Delicate Daisy

Trewinnard Dress - Delicate Daisy print

You’ll find little daisies like these nestled in the grass all along the coastline of West Penwith. The intricate hand drawn style of this print was inspired by a treasured piece of vintage linen from Sophie’s collection.

Sketched Gulls

The Mouls Dress - Sketched Gulls print

This fun print was based on drawings of swooping seagulls from Kathryn’s sketchbook. We love the way the brushy marks she’s used give them the appearance of flight.

Pussy Willow

Nansidwell Tunic - Pussy Willow print

Studies of slender pussy willow branches and fluffy catkins from Kathryn’s sketchbook inspired this design, which incorporates the energy of spring.

Ever wondered how the team bring our prints to life? Read our Story of a Print blog and watch for yourself how a print goes from concept to shop floor.