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Monday
Oct142013

NEW FABRIC COLLECTION NOW AVAILABLE. Printed in England on Belgian linen. The samplebook with all 36 colourways is priced at £38.50 inc VAT, email us to order. The fabrics will be distributed from Autumn 2014 by GPJ Baker in the UK & Europe, and by LeeJofa in the USA.

I’ve been involved with fabrics my whole life, from a childhood wrapped in David Hicks prints to helping Allegra Hicks make her first collections. More recently I’ve made collections of David Hicks by Ashley Hicks textiles with LeeJofa/GPJ Baker. Over the last year I’ve drawn ten new designs, ranging from historical things like 1480’s Italian velvets redrawn like naïve woodcuts, to my own improvised scribbles. I've called them Textures, because that’s what they give to a room. 

Thursday
Aug082013

My daughters are never off their phones, busy little fingers swiping away at the screens. I've now discovered why. They're completely addicted to Instagram. Like a fool I tried it myself a week ago and now I'm the same way. It's totally irresistible and huge fun. It's also a great way to show your work really easily and to get excited about it yourself, as well as finding inspiration in other people's pictures. Dangerously addictive, though!

Sunday
Jun302013

The moment that I long for all year is here: my peonies are out. I spend months looking forward to it, and of course it's over in a flash although luckily with our new damp, grey summers they last longer than if we had endless sunshine. I got the plants (Sarah Bernhardt and friends) from Pivoines Riviere in France six years ago and they thrive here in Oxfordshire, giving me great bursts of pink to play with in my flower-corner of the kitchen, with its perspex shelves carrying an endless variety of small vases.

Sunday
May192013

I'm not a beach person; not a beachwear person, anyway. I like walking on beaches, picking up bits of coral and building the occasional sand-sofa with my kids, but always in the same frayed cargo shorts and long sleeved shirt. For those who want a bit more style in their holiday wardrobe, I teamed up with Orlebar Brown to bring some classic David Hicks geometrics to the beach. In the words of the inimitable Konstantin Kakanias, the brilliant creator of fashion icon Mrs Tependris: Geometry, the New Sexy!

Monday
Mar112013

To be asked to decorate a room in Sir William Chambers' masterwork, Somerset House, was hugely exciting, even if it would only be there for ten days in March. Wool House had seven 'designer rooms' using only wool to promote the use of this wonderful natural fibre in a world swathed in plastics. My Study was inspired by an imaginary client, one of the classic English gents of the civil service who worked in these rooms for so many years, with walls of sober, pin-checked grey flannel like their business suits, and sudden flashes of bright pinks and reds like their braces, socks and handkerchiefs suggesting some hidden flamboyance. He'd left the room for a moment, leaving Chambers' drawings for the building on his red lacquered desk. His Grayson Perry prints and trompe l'oeil Collectors Cabinet topped by gilded flames showed a certain imagination, his 'thing' for obelisks a craving for the monumental...