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peter hall textile designs

i¬†first encountered peter hall’s work when i was making¬†curtains for our vw camper. i found a vintage piece of fabric on ebay, and the designer’s name and the name of the pattern – petrus – was on the selvedge.

peter hall petrus 1967 | for heals

my research led me to the v&a, who hold a number of peter hall’s designs for heals in their archive.¬†following the sad demise of the camper¬†i resold the fabric, but remembered the name and the wonderful combination of geometric and plant-like forms, and strong colour palettes of his designs.

peter hall rosamund 1975 | v&a collection

when i came across original fabric another of his designs, candida – in 4 different colourways! – i snapped it up. it’s a more¬†figurative, botanical design than petrus, but the use of bold stripes of motifs still gives it a structured feel. the pattern is a much smaller scale than petrus (ruler in top image is 50cm) and for my purpose of covering books it¬†works well in small sections, each with an emphasis on one or two elements of the design.

peter hall candida for moygashel

it¬†isn’t one of the designs held at the v&a and my research came to a stall, until i found that peter is still working as an artist, though relocated to new zealand. i emailed to ask if he could give me any information on this particular design and was a little¬†star-struck when i got a reply ūüėÄ

this is what he has to say about candida:

Originally the design was printed in the early 1970’s and was part of a collection of designs I produced, some of which were also purchased by Heal Fabrics. The group were inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite and the Art Nouveau movement.
During the late 1960’s and early 70’s there was a revival inspired movement against the modernist design influence of the mid 50’s and early 60’s.
The 1970’s in Britain was a tough time for local manufactures, and consumers were also looking for a more romantic and nostalgic inspired products, for both fashion clothing and furnishing.
the exuberant print is inspiring to work with – i’m currently working on¬†a new collection¬†of a5 journals and¬†albums featuring the candida design. i’m combining the¬†four colour ways with an assortment of solid-coloured japanese endpapers, ensuring¬†each book¬†is still unique, never to be repeated – quite a feat at the accessible price range for this collection.
peter hall candida blue colourway

gathering images and links for this post i realise i’m missing at least one colourway – i had no idea it also comes in this glorious¬†blue. *sets up ebay search* ūüôā

see peter’s recent work on his website:

japanese motifs: the iris

silver edge iris

my little back yard has raised bed planters. somewhere in (what is now) the jungle i planted an iris with a silver edge. possibly my favourite flower of all time.

journal and album with vintage ayame kimono silk | watch this space…

in japanese tradition¬†the iris –¬†ayame, kakitsubata¬†or¬†hanashobu,¬†depending on the varietyis associated with the spring,¬†the warrior spirit, purification and protection in¬†battle and from evil spirits abroad on the 5th day of the 5th month, known as boys‚Äô day – tango no sekku (now children’s day – kodomo no hi).

c19th linen summer kimono – katabira – irises by a bridge | v&a

in fabric design the iris is frequently shown in association with bridges, after a famous section of the c10th tales of ise. the hero travels far to¬†yatsuhashi (‚Äúeight bridges‚ÄĚ) and is so struck by the beauty of the iris that he composes a poem for his wife, left behind in kyoto.¬†each line of the poem begins with one of the syllables of the flower name¬†ka-ki-tsu-ha(ba)-ta. ever since,¬†kakitsubata¬†and zigzag wooden bridges have been linked as a motif in art and¬†literature.

ayame and kiku (chrysanthemum) kimono silk | watch this space…


find out more: japanese iris

find out more: tango no sekku 

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japanese motifs: the crane

uchikake (bridal) kimono with tsuru and ume (plum blossom) | v&a

the crane Рtsuru Рis an auspicious symbol, representing longevity and fidelity. in folklore these birds are reputed to live a thousand years and in the wild they mate for life. these associations lead it to become a frequent motif on wedding gifts and textiles. many japanese symbols have an associated season, the crane is a bird of winter.

origami cranes | madison #1 middle school

in origami the folding of 1,000 paper cranes is said to grant the maker a special wish. a thousand cranes have also become a symbol of the struggle for world peace, in remembrance of sadako sasaki who survived the hiroshima bomb.

maru obi (sash) with tsuru and kiku (chrysanthemum) | watch this space…

read more:

v&a museum

immortal geisha wiki