Hand painted textiles for soft furnishings & wall treatments.
Painting on fabric comes from my background in reproducing Elizabethan painted cloths. For these I use traditional techniques of priming linen, mixing size & pigment and installing the cloths wall-to-wall as did our Tudor ancestors. This form of decoration for domestic interiors was a valued alternative to expensive tapestries.
Painted cloths provide a bold and elegant wall treatment and are equally suited to both traditional and contemporary designs, adding theatrical presence to a room
Read more about my reproduction painted cloths here
This portfolio is about soft furnishings for domestic use.
Some Past Projects
For bespoke cushion covers, door & window curtains etc. I paint with washable, light-resistant paints that leave the fabric with a soft handle. I use a selection of favourite fabrics, mostly lovely slubby, unbleached linens, but I’m happy to trial a client’s own cloth for suitability. Some velvets take paint very nicely and most mixed fibres are fine too. It’s always interesting to see what works. The paints are thin and watery so tend not to lend themselves to layered paintwork or fine detail but are perfect for woodblock or damask type designs.
Once painted I recommend dry clean only.
Painted Fabric Gallery
An Elizabethan trellis design hand painted on linen
An Elizabethan trellis design hand painted on linen.
An Elizabethan grotesque design from Oxford, hand painted on linen
A whimsical line-design featuring flowers and a green spotted bird
A large bolster cushion made from hemp sacking, hand painted with a chunky classical crewelwork design