Collective displays its work to advantage
Redloh House Fabrics is an ensemble of artisan fabric designers, who work individually and present as a creative collective under one roof. It was the brainchild of Penny Morrison, an interior designer who was looking for somewhere to show her own fabrics in a relaxed setting and discovered Redloh House, once the caretaker’s cottage, on the site of the Old Gas Works just off London’s King’s Road. Its homely rooms are a pretty backdrop to the fabric collections.
Twelve designers offer an eclectic mix of fabrics and several also have wallpaper collections, including Jennifer Shorto whose debut papers (top, right is Himalayas) are inspired by the work of surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg. Her printed and hand-woven fabrics are influenced by textiles from Africa, Korea, Japan and Mexico. The latest designers to join are Cloth & Clover, with a collection of printed linens based on historic textiles in a soft, natural palette inspired by the English countryside, and Virginia White, whose fabrics (top, left)) are all about colours and painterly patterns, hand block-printed on Belgian linen.
All the designers have a story to tell, be it fabrics from a childhood home in Jamaica (Bird in the Hand), the layers of wallpaper in the house of Swedish grandparents (Astrid & Rudolf), embroideries, weaves and prints inspired by archive documents and textile finds from around the world (Guy Goodfellow) or a family-run business using traditional printing techniques in the heart of the Cotswolds (Rapture & Wright, below, left).
Carolina Irving Textiles is a hand-printed collection comprising several multi-coloured designs and many others in single colours, in large and small patterns designed to work together. Flockhart Fabrics was created by painter Eileen Guthrie and sculptor George Kennethson, and their hand-printed 1940s and 50s designs (below, right) are revived by grand-daughter Lucy MacKenzie.
The group is completed by Kerry Joyce Textiles, offering luxurious, hand-woven fabrics and hand-screened prints celebrating the natural beauty of materials, paired with sophisticated colour palettes and textures, and Vanderhurd's hand-printed and embroidered linen fabrics as well as bespoke rugs, carpets and dhurries.