South African by birth, Penny is unbound by English tradition; incorporating classical and contemporary elements to create elegant interiors which are individual and welcoming.
9 years ago Penny decided to have a go at making her own fabrics as she could not find what she was looking for – relaxed linens, hand printed with a slightly artisanal feel. Inspired by Turkish embroidery patterns, as well as traditional Indian motifs the journey began with a few block print samples done in India but this proved to be unviable as they were unable to produce the same thing twice! Hence the move to weaving the linens in Scotland and hand printing at the printers outside London.
The joy of this, says Penny, ‘is that I can go to the workshop and stand over the printing tables with buckets of colours and try out various combinations until we reach the desired effect: sometimes making the printing a bit uneven so that it has the effect of old fabric, or dirtying the colours to give them depth’.
Penny never follows a particular theme but when something grabs her she works on it until it feels right and the colours sing! Penny doesn’t like a mix and match range but prefers to do things totally different things that somehow fit together in unexpected and surprising ways, giving a feeling of layering. Inspiration comes from anywhere says Penny ‘it can be anything from a shirt on someone in a queue to something in a room set on a tv programme, floor times or a pot.’
View the full collection of Penny’s fabrics here
A SMALL SELECTION OF FABRICS FROM PENNY’S COLLECTION