It was two years later that I put my thoughts into action and drew up the outlines and diagrams for our Milford and Walton designs and put them into work in our factory hemming room. Even as single pieces, the designs worked as stand alone products; the combination of classic cord stitching, hemstitching and fine tailored bias edging ensured that these new patterns perfectly complimented our existing traditional patterns in Ivory, White and Ebony – just like the fashion worn by the models in my original desert landscape.
I was so excited to complete our next quarterly photoshoot to see the designs come to life when bed and table linen products from our new Milford and Walton designs were mixed in with existing long running patterns and the full effect was created.
One design was named after the discrete yet exclusive shopping street which runs between Harrods and Brompton Cross in London’s West End. Walton is a clean tuxedo style pattern reminiscent of the smart and eclectic boutiques along this famous street.
The other design, Milford, was named after a small village in Surrey typical of the English countryside and made famous by reference in Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and used for filming Doctor Who (the Silurians) in the 1960’s.
So when people ask me “where does my inspiration come from” I have to say from personal experiences and feelings at a moment in time – all of which are random events and come when you are least expecting them. The trick to being a half decent designer is to notice when you are seeing or experiencing something new and exciting, and then (most importantly) being able to remember and recall it years later when you are scratching your head for inspiration. A mobile phone with a camera and a notebook are useful ways to assist with this process.
In the world of design every day is exciting, and you never know when and which of your senses are going to be challenged with a new experience which could lead to the next best thing in design!
Karen Reed – March 2022