I am always intrigued by people’s creative process, what inspires them and forms their aesthetic. I like the dynamic and bounce of collaboration and how it takes you further working together – when you are truly team. Nancy Parker lives down the valley, we can walk to each other’s houses over stiles, under the beech trees and yes, past grazing llamas and through wild flower meadows. Both of us are green-souled country livers who draw deep breaths as the verdant views unfold and embrace you.I could circle Parker’s house from this point on my favourite walk.Yup Tippi has spotted it!
So Parker, Nancy to me really, has an eye for print, working with a Dalston studio creating prints for pretty much any retailer and fashion brand you can think of. She asked me about fabrics for her home, fun prints for interiors, she showed me some of her prints… we started scheming, mood boards, colour boards, secret pinterest boards alongside themes, stories and palettes started to emerge. Parker and Jules was gradually born. After each meeting Nancy quips, you know I think we have really nailed it, and we always have… there’s just quite a lot to nail.This is us with some of our ‘blues’ colour palette in paper print outs…. here’s a small selection of final prints ‘swatched up’.So we are nearly there now, fabric books
are on order have arrived,
press days booked and website tantalisingly
What’s it all about?
We have called the collection: Near and Far
Near: near-by, the everyday – inspiration from daily life in the valleys and the pulse of life, from fashion to exhibitions, what we see and love.
Far: far away, fairy tale, mythic lands – the power of the exotic, from folk art to the Far East and its journey into the familiar.
Near and Far. Past and Present, Fleeting and Timeless. Like a kaleidoscope of all the things we find beautiful, meaningful, lust after…
Inspired by the woodland valleys we call home and the visual rhythm to the country year. The British aesthetic is intrinsically connected to nature. Over several centuries this touchstone of ‘near’ has combined with the wonder of ‘far’- our history as a trading nation to distant lands; the exotic goods, Chinoiserie mania and tall tales’ that have been woven into English design to create the warp and weft of near and far. The garden, the valleys and those distant shores beyond our own. All this has given us three distinct stories
Wild Wood Floral GardenEast India These stories have lots of patterns that play together, along with simpler textures:Smaller scale patterns in a rainbow array of colours, like Hills above, that combine easily to help make pattern filled interiors and schemes easier to achieve.
Take a seat in our Ordnance Survey chair (from Wildwood), an aerial view of the valleys …hanging out with Bark (a Textures) cushion… I’m just going to add some curtains, maybe Ziggy stripe and the rooms ready?
So we can now see the valleys we love from a different perspective, take them into any home, Near and Far, evolving the landscape of British pattern. We’re sending our own ships (well Fedex maybe) with samples and scheming new lines…and having a party – that’s what you do in the valleys!
email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.parkerandjules.com
Images: of Parker and Jules collection and Parker and Jules (us) from Anders Gramer and Kirsty Jones photography.
Images of our inspiration and party tables… from the blog and instagram.