Working closely with the curator at the Horta Museum in Brussels we designed and produced pure Himalayan woollen shawls, hand embroidered by master embroiderers in Kolkata, India. The embroidery is inspired by an original “arabesque” drawing by Victor Horta around 1895-96 for the painter and patron of the arts, Anna Boch (1848-36).
In keeping with the sensibility for honest craftsmanship and the feel of the maker’s hand, hallmarks of the Art Nouveau movement pioneered in Europe by Horta, the embroidery is intentionally naive and evocative of folk traditions. Each piece comes in a specially made organic cotton pouch, hand stamped with the logo of the Horta Museum.
Great Dixter House and Gardens
Great Dixter, the iconic English garden created by Christopher Lloyd is a dyer's delight. Collaborating with the team and Fergus Garrett the head gardener, we made a bespoke range of Great Dixter colours. Chestnut shavings from the Great Barn, where garden furniture and fencing is made, pruned eucalyptus and alder cones from the impressive Canadian alder at the entrance and delicate cow parsley in the meadows gave us a wonderful pallet to work with.