I live and work in Totnes. The natural world has inspired many of my patterns – I love drawing plants and some unusual ones grow in my garden – Loquat, Myrtle, Montana, Mimosa.
Work in Africa opened up new sources such as Botswana baskets and threshing floors, Nigerian carved doors and the raffia velvet weavings of Shoowa and Kuba peoples. Archaeology has led me to explore ancient rock engravings.
About the process
Dévoré technique relies on fabric woven from a mixture of protein and cellulose fibers (silk with viscose pile). An acid print-paste is screen printed and heated to burn-out (devour) parts of the viscose leaving “see-through” silk. These fibers react differently when dyed so that colours may be over-laid in multiple dyeings to achieve contrasts and enhance the design.
The fabric is approximately 22% silk, 78% viscose. Crêpe silk is about 40% silk, 60% viscose
All the fabric is hand dyed in Totnes. We like to accommodate customers colour-choices, and can make matching items such as bias velvet skirts, corsages, clutch-purses and headbands or fascinators (for weddings or special occasions).
Dry clean, steam. Open scarves may be steam-ironed on reverse.
In the pipe-line
New design from leaves and flowers of the Loquat, which bears no fruit in Devon, but has perfumed winter flowers.