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Beatrix Potter's 150th Anniversary
This year marks the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. Our in-house designer Laura has taken inspiration from original Beatrix Potter paintings to create a limited edition hand printed silk scarf to celebrate one of our most cherished benefactors.
We sat down with Laura to find out how she created this commemorative piece.
Q. Where did you take inspiration from?
A. After viewing Beatrix Potter’s artwork and family treasures, in South Lakes, Cumbria, the scarf was designed using floral illustrations taken from Beatrix Potter’s pen-and-ink and watercolour 'No more twist', 1903. © Frederick Warne & Co. 2016.
Beatrix Potter originally copied the floral pattern from a late eighteenth century embroidered waistcoat displayed at the V&A. She went on to use the illustration in The Tailor of Gloucester, 1903.
Q. How did you craft the colour palette?
A. Using the original colours to retain authenticity, I added a deep indigo boarder and bright pink hand rolled edge to frame the design.
Q. How did your design then develop into the scarf?
A. The commemorative limited edition scarf was printed and made by a small team in Gloucestershire; who we first worked with in 1978.
This is also very special for us at the National Trust as this is the first scarf we have had printed and made in the UK since the introduction of own brand in-house design.
Q. Are you happy with how the design has come to life?
A. I am very pleased with the outcome; the scarf is digitally printed on hand coated pure silk crepe de chine and packaged in a beautiful box.
It was so important that the overall finish of product and packaging reflected the importance of the celebration.
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