The Power of Flowers

 
My family home in the Cotswolds. These roses smell incredible!

My family home in the Cotswolds. These roses smell incredible!

In honour of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show I thought a post dedicated to one of my favourite things was entirely appropriate!

When I was a student, whatever project brief was set I would always find a way to draw inspiration from landscapes and nature. For me, it provides a bottomless well of ideas and design references, whether it’s shape, colour, texture or mood.

The Bulb jumper has a very simple, bold motif.

The Bulb jumper has a very simple, bold motif.

When I relaunched the brand just over a year ago I began working with floral inspiration in a very literal way. I love scientific drawings of plants as well as glorious Victorian floral illustrations and I’ve tried to really capture the essence of both of these.

The Bud and Bulb jumpers depict simplistic flowers, bold in their colour block structure but still with a quaint feel. The Posy and the Rose on the other hand are intricate and emotive in their blended colours and flowing shapes.

The Posy is inspired by Victorian floral illustrations.

The Posy is inspired by Victorian floral illustrations.

My favourite seasons are Spring and Autumn. In Spring I love how all the little buds start bursting out, there is such simple joy in seeing the first daffodils of the year as their yellow heads suddenly appear. I also adore cow parsley, I used to pick it while out riding my horse and lean down to feed it to him as we rode along.

In Autumn I love the dramatic colour change. Sunny days in the height of summer can have a flatness to the light, whereas in Autumn it all becomes more changeable and the colours become richer and deeper.

The beauty of these little buds peeking through when there are still winter leaves on the ground is just so joyful.

The beauty of these little buds peeking through when there are still winter leaves on the ground is just so joyful.

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