This month the works of May Morris inspire our collection. Often overshadowed by her father William Morris, May was a significant figure of the Arts & Crafts in her own right.
“I’m a remarkable woman – always was, although none of you seemed to think so.” May Morris, 1936
She designed embroideries, tapestries, wallpaper, jewellery and books. She was also an activist, a teacher and a dedicated supporter of other craftswomen. In 1907 she founded the Women’s Guild of Arts to promote the work of female artists.
Bold Botanicals and Delicate Designs
Flowers and botanical patterns feature heavily in May Morris’ work, and her floral designs gave us rich inspiration for our prints and palettes this month. Within our dresses and tops you’ll discover intricate flowers in hand-drawn stitches, and watercolour sketches of Cornish blooms.
Our Inspired Prints
One of our leading prints this season is ‘May’s Drawing’, designed by Kathryn Fowler. It’s based on the way May and William Morris worked, by roughly sketching up a design and then painting in suggestions of colour.
These first drafts are works of art, and Kathryn wanted to mimic their effect in this print, capturing the delicate quality of an artwork in progress.
Also designed in our Falmouth studios, our Sketched Motifs print featuring bright Cornish blooms is our contemporary take on Arts & Crafts florals.
May’s Colour Palette
May favoured natural dyes in her work for their clarity of colour. We’ve untangled a palette from May’s embroidery box with smokey greens and shades of foxglove, then looked to beautiful Morris & Co painted tiles for a bright summer indigo and honeysuckle.
Our Window Embroideries
The embroidered hangings in our shop windows have been designed and created by our talented team above the Falmouth shop here in Cornwall. They are based on embroidery samplers that May Morris stitched, and are the perfect backdrop for relaxed styles inspired by the ‘beautiful and useful’ clothing of Cornish artists and craftspeople.
One of our biggest sources of inspiration is always the women who wear and love our clothes. We’d love to see how you style Seasalt, so if you’d like to share a picture make sure to tag us with #wearingseasalt