Titley and Marr Ltd have been producing beautiful fabric collections for 30 years. Printed and woven fabrics made of textured yarns, wools, damasks, velvets, linens and cotton. A combination of natural colours and rich vibrant hues predominate in her designs. Kate, who heads up the brand, draws influence from near and far with Collections inspired by local Hampshire villages such as Langrish and Selborne right through to antique Chinese tôile and Indian woodblock print techniques.
Over time, Titley and Marr have developed an extensive knowledge of the manufacturing capabilities of most of the European weaving and printing factories which has brought about collaborations with Interior Designers to produce bespoke products for specific projects. I on the other hand, did not have relevant expertise and so have relished the opportunity to learn something of textile design and manufacture along the way. I've been collaborating with Kate over the last three of her Collections; Kalamkari, Gujarat Safari and Passionflower. Together, we've attended various trade exhibitions and events at venues such as Olympia and The NEC and have aligned to oversee the development of a new website featuring many of these photographs.
For the Kalamkari Collection ( 'Kalam' for pen & 'kari' for work ) we chose to shoot outside in a beautiful garden and used mostly natural light to showcase the cypress design and paisley prints. A styled room shoot featuring the Kalamkari panel was also included.
We work closely to secure great locations for the Collection shoots and, together, source props to ensure that textiles are stylised when photographed. For the Kalamkari Collection ( 'Kalam' for pen & 'kari' for work ) we chose to shoot outside in a beautiful garden and used mostly natural light to showcase the cypress design and paisley prints. A styled room shoot featuring the Kalamkari panel was also included. The Gujarat Safari Collection features three textile prints in muted shades and was inspired by a piece of vintage Indian fabric, an ancient woodblock print. It's a whimsical design full of movement and motion; elephant, wild boar, bear and hare along with other wild animals, leap and charge across the fabric which is reproduced in six colour ways. Linden and pink is my personal favourite.
Locally based The Black Pin created wonderful and plump cushions for the Gujarat shoot. The full sized pattern repeat of Gujarat is magnificent. We enjoyed shooting the collection along with an impromptu visitor who ended up in a starring role though not a speaking part. We called him Helmut. Helmut Newt. In honour, of course, of the talented photographer himself. Kate and I made a visit to her London stockist Tissus d'Hélène in the Chelsea Design Centre for me to gain an insight into how the textiles look on display. It's a gorgeous shop, a veritable design hub, and showcases wonderful wallpapers & trimmings to complement the fabrics of an upholstery scheme.