Working with Liberty.
Renowned for their fine detail, meticulous patternwork and beautiful colour palettes, Liberty Art Fabrics is recognised worldwide as a pioneering force in print design and textile innovation. A branch of the original Liberty emporium on London’s Regent Street, Arthur Liberty began working with local artisans alongside the exotic goods he was importing from the Far East to create Liberty’s own textiles and pieces of art. And so Liberty Art Fabrics was born, more than 130 years ago.
For the Venezia, we chose a print from the 2015 Secret Garden collection. The creation of a very small team, they looked to Burnett’s 1911 literary novel to find a way to bring the garden into the home. Entitled Shand Voyage, the Tivoli’s fabric draws on the main character, Mary’s, voyage across the ocean from India to the wilderness of Yorkshire. It’s been designed to represent her life-changing expedition. Ferns and leaves overlap while a reference to paisley provides a secret link to India.
We were drawn to Liberty not simply because of its prestige, but because of its commitment to craft. Hidden away in a bohemian, Soho studio, the design team honour traditional techniques like hand-drawing using pencil, paint, ink and crayon, The high standards of Arthur Liberty are maintained to this very day. Their values felt akin to our own.