A few weeks back I took a break from country life and headed up to London for an intimate bloggers workshop 'Print like Laura' event at The Papered Parlour in Clapham to celebrate 60 years of the Laura Ashley brand. To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Laura Ashley has launched the Heritage Collection – showcasing five of its most iconic archival prints through wallpaper and fabrics lovingly crafted in the UK.
We were given an inspiring brief history of how the Laura Ashley brand started. "In 1953, a Women’s Institute exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum on traditional handicrafts inspired Laura and Bernard Ashley to start printing fabric on their kitchen table. Laura was keen to make her own patchwork quilts, but was unable to find any suitable fabrics in the shops, so the young enterprising couple decided to try producing their own.
A £10 investment in wood for a screen, dyes and some linen, along with many trips to libraries to learn everything about fabric printing, kick started their fledgling attempts."
We then got a chance to roll up our sleeves, don a pinnie and try hand screen printing ourselves, just like Laura would have done 60 years ago, something I had not done since my college days! I chose to print a canvas tote bag in a vibrant mint colour in the MR JONES print: Inspired by a mid-19th century design by Owen Jones, Mr Jones was first introduced in 1984. I loved how it turned out...
Look out for the full fashion and interiors range inspired by designs held in the Laura Ashley archive, from mid-century bold geometrics to graphic monochromes from the 1960′s, in store now!
Thank you to Laura Ashley for the fab evening and photos!