Long have we at Home Shopping Spy been big fans of talented textile designer Vanessa Arbuthnott, so when the news reached us that not only has she launched two beautiful new collections for 2015, but that she has also just opened her first store, we had to have a sit down from all the excitement!
The two new charming collections, aptly named ‘Birds & Beasts’ and ‘Harris Tweed’ may be diverse in their design, with printed and the other woven but are still extremely complimentary and reflect the classic Arbuthnott country style. Plus it seems it’s a family affair as the collections have both received the invaluable input of Vanessa’s two daughters, Rose and Flora.
Quirky and light-hearted, ‘Birds & Beasts’ is an enchanting printed collection of whimsical wild animals and African inspired acacia trees designed by Rose, as well as depictions of naïve and deliciously plump birds by Flora. Both studied in Scotland, and have obviously inheriated their Mum’s flair for design and use of colour, introducing some new shades in their designs such as Dormouse, Kale, Mallow, Terracotta and Tomato.
The second of Vanessa’s new collections is the introduction of locally sourced Harris Tweed, scouted out by Rose and a friend on a journey around the Scottish islands in her campervan. So thrilled was Vanessa by Rose’s finds, that she knew straight away the quintessentially Scottish weaves would make a fabulous addition as a collection on their own, as well as the perfect foil to the witty ‘Birds and Beasts’ motifs. We love how well the tweeds compliment the rest of Vanessa’s collections and will be sure to be snapping up one of her beautifully covered notebooks for all our home shopping spy needs.
And Vanessa’s new shop and showroom is now open in Cirencester in the heart of Gloucestershire, making it even easier to explore her stunning designs and patterns, all produced and printed in the UK on eco-friendly, 100% linen and organic cotton. Situated at 12 Ashcroft Road, close to the centre of Cirencester, the shop features floor-to-ceiling’walls’ of fabric arranged by colour, complemented by wallpapers, accessories and furniture. So be sure to pop in, grab a cup of coffee and let the colours and designs inspire you!
Vanessa’s fabrics start at £48 per metre, call 01285 831 437, visit Vanessa Arbuthnott online or check out the shop at 12 Ashcroft Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1QX.
Opening Times: Monday to Friday 9.30am- 5pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.
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