English Ethnic

Lewis & Wood, English Ethnic. Clockwise from right Melissa White in Bacchus, Flora Roberts in Sika & Su Daybell in Womad
Lewis & Wood, English Ethnic. Clockwise from right Melissa White in Bacchus, Flora Roberts in Sika & Su Daybell in Womad

Woodchester-based fabric and wallpaper company Lewis & Wood (www.lewisandwood.co.uk) have a history of artist collaborations but their latest collection, English Ethnic, takes the idea to new level. I was lucky enough to spend yesterday afternoon with Co-Founder Stephen Lewis, Creative Director Magdalen Jebb and the three artists – Tetbury-based Su Daybell, (www.twigoftetbury.co.uk) Flora Roberts (www.wallflowerpainting.com)and Melissa White (www.melissawhite.co.uk) – at Lewis & Wood’s London showroom discussing the journey from initial idea to final, glorious products. It was a pretty organic one as it turns out – the artists were given free reign since the whole idea was to create something surprising. That the final six designs these very different artists came up with read as a coherent collection is testament to Magdalen’s unfailing eye. She says it is triangle of head, heart and gut and she is right: Melissa’s scholarly, Elizabethan-inspired Bacchus and Rococco designs are the head, Flora’s lyrical Doves and Sika the heart and Su’s exuberant Force 9 and Womad come from – and speak to – the gut. The collection will be in the Woodchester showroom any day now. Viewing is recommended and can be done during the Select Trail on the weekends of 10th/11th and 17th/18th May.  www.sitselect.org/sitselecttrail.html

Stephen Lewis will be appearing at our forthcoming symposium – Designing Craft, Crafting Design. www.sitselect.org/sitsymposium.html

Lewis & Wood, Woodchester Mill, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 5NN; 01453 878517 www.lewisandwood.co.uk

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