Vanessa is renowned for her keen eye for pattern and colour, as well as her eclectic approach to design: harnessing her considerable skills, honed over the last twenty years, she has now produced her eagerly awaited 19th collection, ‘Botanical’.
“It’s a miracle that I have been able to produce and launch this collection. By good luck and pure chance, I spent the first two weeks of March in the run up to ‘lock-down’ printing all these new fabrics and recently have managed a one day socially distanced photo shoot. There will be more beautiful imagery to follow in October when things will hopefully be easier, but this is at least a start.” This is a nostalgic collection, evocative of the elegant ‘drawing’ rooms and pretty florals of a bygone era: “These recent months have allowed time to reflect on the past: I have formative memories of winning a ‘tiny garden in a shell’ prize for my pressed wild flower collection when aged 8. Studying closely the beautiful shapes of flowers and leaves has stayed with me and is expressed here in these new designs.”
The designs are available in several delicate colour-ways reminiscent of the first ‘Indianness’: fabrics that came from Eastern India to Europe; softly coloured hand-blocked and hand-painted cottons which were introduced into France from India at the end of the 16th century, and were immediately popular.
The Botanical Collection consists of 6 designs in a total of 27 colourways, printed on an eco-linen union woven in Scotland using 60% linen and 40% organic cotton and introduces a new colour, a beautiful Soft Raspberry. In this collection Vanessa has combined and linked together many of her existing colours for example Lettuce with Pigeon and Soft Raspberry and Damson with Field Green and Clay, Hay with Smoke and Duck Egg and more.