Textiles

symbiotic
We lived a mile apart, each walked a dog in the same woodland and had an awkward early transaction involving a young cockerel which eventually became a very, VERY angry and aggressive bird. Ahead of any professional partnership, this was the basis of our connection. Over time, Kate and I have turned this friendship into what is now a fabulous and symbiotic working relationship.   Symbiosis is defined in the dictionary as a close and often long-term interaction between different biological species. Whilst we certainly each have different areas of expertise - she a textiles designer, I a photographer - to say we're different species would be a stretch too far; we both observe the world through an artist's eye and share a love for colour and shape.
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.  
The new T&M website has been designed by PosAbilities and I know that Kate is as delighted with this site as I am proud of my photography which it features. The printed marketing materials are a collaboration with PosAbilities and authentically reflect the brand with matted, quality paperstock and to high print standards. Lynette from PosAbilities who oversees the web & print design has a background in fashion & textiles and this appreciation for fabric is a huge and obvious asset. Freddy the cocker spaniel occasionally participates on a shoot, although these cameo campaign appearances depend very much on his busy schedule and whether or not he's a fan of the print. He is Kate's dog and very much a part of day-to-day life at T&M.
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. Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save

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