Nature’s bounty underpins the latest collection of prints, embroideries, weaves and papers from Jane Churchill. Taking its cue from classic pastoral scenes and the freshness of spring growth, the collection turns to the richness of the natural world for inspiration, with playful, handcrafted elements and small-scale designs complementing an overall feel of vibrant eclecticism.
‘The diversity of nature became a springboard for this collection, combined with an element of the handmade and irregular,’ says Design Director Sarah MacGregor. ‘It seemed especially fitting during the pandemic to embrace the duality offered by the natural world – a sense of continuity running alongside constant flux and regeneration.’
Signature decorative fabrics include densely patterned GREENWAY conjuring pastoral scenes; PIPER, a bold, contemporary take on the tree-of-life, combining brights with muted shades, and KINGSWOOD, inspired by the rich botanics of an original Art & Crafts document (available as a print and an embroidery). Enriching these are handcrafted and hand-blocked fabrics, including the bohemian, embellished MINERVA with its intricate crewel work and enticingly irregular shapes; screen-printed HILLIER with a delicate foliage design enclosed in chain stitched silhouettes, and hand-blocked HESTER whose decorative stripes offer rustic appeal.
A range of complementary small designs runs across both fabrics and wallpapers. ROWAN, a hand-printed fabric, features a neat miniature tree repeat; TASSI’s delicate star shape has the feel of a classic geometric; PEMBA’s loose zigzags offer a contemporary note, while popular ELPHIN with its softly graphic repeat returns in new colourways. Standout papers include NERISSA with its wild honeysuckle design and retro WINDSONG, featuring a bird-in-flight motif.
A strong supporting collection of weaves includes HOLT, a classic herringbone stripe and LEWIN, a multi-coloured plain which provides a subtle anchor for the overall colour palette of the new collection. Rich and sumptuous, a selection of EMILE matte velvets provides a grounding colour splash, offering a contemporary counterpoint to this season’s dense woodland patterns and knocked-back geometrics.
‘The collection reflects a renewed focus on the countryside, as well as bringing a sense of playful escapism into the home,’ says Sarah. ‘It also points the way towards an easy elegance embodied in our forthcoming designs.’