If you are coming afresh to the work of visual artist Mark Hearld, it can be said that he is something of a polymath. Taking inspiration from nature, and with a collector’s encyclopaedic knowledge of British antiques, art and design, Mark’s energy and joy of making remain unbridled. Known for his distinctive collages and linocut prints, Mark’s work has the verve of spontaneous creativity whilst being underpinned by deeply considered visual understanding.
Following in the footsteps of the likes of Bawden, Piper and Enid Marx, Mark relishes in collaborating with makers in other fields and delights in the opportunities that gaining insight into new media and techniques provides. He has designed a number of fabrics and wallpapers for St Jude’s which all portray his fascination with the flora and fauna of the British countryside while demonstrating his skill at creating flowing patterns which carefully mask the pattern repeat. Over the years he has worked on everything from fashion designs to tapestries to a collaboration with Leach Pottery. It is through these collaborations and the opportunities to become familiar with different approaches and skills that new creative possibilities are sought.
Over time he has built up a long-standing association with Martin Clark at Tilley Printing, Tinsmiths and Ledbury having worked together on numerous projects, pieces and exhibitions. In preceding years, Mark has spent time at the printworks cutting lino, mixing colours and bouncing ideas off Martin and any other artists who happened to be around at the time. However, during lockdown in the summer of 2020, Mark and Martin worked remotely to develop Mark’s contemporary interpretation of the eighteenth century decorative paper technique known as Papier Dominoté. Eventually coming together as restrictions were lifted to print the final designs in Ledbury, exclusively for Tinsmiths.
A predecessor to the modern day wallpaper, Dominoté papers are small, wood-blocked and hand-painted decorative prints originating from France during the 1700’s. Mark’s linocut versions feature the traditional ‘raspberry ripple’ Ferdinand Pichard rose in a striking red or bounding hares and Mark’s beloved Whippet depicted in royal blue, both printed on a linen-fibre Zerkall antique paper selected by the artist.
The wonderful decorative papers were then further evolved into a beautiful collection of stationery and desk accessories. For the boxes to come into fruition, Mark worked closely with Phoebe Clive of Tinsmiths to design the pieces; experimenting with colours, making the lining papers, considering the pattern placement and typesetting the positively regal labels. Many happy mistakes and possible samples later, the final designs were sent off to be made. The collection comprises of Waste Paper Bins, Pen Pots, Box Files, Curio Boxes and a truly covetable A3 Portfolio with a fabric bound spine and grosgrain ribbons.
As ever, it was a real joy to work with Mark and Martin on such an exciting collaboration and a real highlight during a testing year. Shop the collection exclusively at Tinsmiths, online and in our Ledbury Homewares Shop.
Read more about Tilley Printing and The Importance of Wood Engraving here.
The growth and production of textiles for both apparel and for the home has been an ongoing, progressive industry since the early days of human civilisation. The importance of cloth in our daily lives has been and always will be paramount; from simple linens and muslins for drying ourselves and swaddling our new-borns to the heavily embroidered silks and luxurious velvets of royals. We live alongside fabric; it offers us comfort, beauty, practicality and nostalgia, all in a humble almost instinctive manner. However, in recent years textile production has started to take its toll on the planet, using vast amounts of water, energy, fertilisers and pesticides.
Reworking damaged or discarded textiles prevents them from reaching landfill and gives the cloth a new lease of life. Find special one-off pieces from around the world, vintage and Antique lengths and pieces of cloth made up as cushions on our online shop
A step in the right direction: Tinsmiths is devoted to sourcing and promoting a product range which minimises the environmental impact of both production and distribution. We aim to maintain a 70% UK Made Homewares Range, sourcing products from local makers. Our Natural Fabrics reflect this commitment through a choice of natural fibres, in-house designs printed on 100% Linen in the North of England and our ever-growing range of post-consumer, recycled fabrics.
Tinsmiths Extra Wide Eco Patterned Fabrics made up of 77% Recycled Fibre Content
Our current Eco Fabric Range consists of a variety of patterns and plains in both standard and double widths; a good choice for any project.
Extra Wide Barnsley – available in six colours
Extra Wide Barnsley is a wonderfully versatile linen look Poly-Cotton made up of 100% recycled fibres. 1 metre of Extra Wide Barnsley recycles 4 plastic bottles and saves 2.6 litres of water and 465WH of energy.
Post-consumer cottons are collected and cut into small pieces so that the fibres can be obtained and spun into newly recycled Cotton yarn. The benefits during cultivation and production of recycled Cotton are monumental; there is a 55% reduction in water consumption compared to conventional Cotton and a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions.
Similarly, used plastic bottles are gathered and cut and chopped, then melted and formed into flakes from which a 100% Recycled Polyester yarn is obtained. The energy needed to make the PES is less than the energy required to make the virgin polyester. Fabrics created from recycled polyester can be recycled again and again with no degradation of quality thus minimising wastage and preventing the plastic from ending up in our landfills and oceans.
Ashmore Eco Fabric
Another contender is our Ashmore Eco Fabric available in 5 great colours. The warp is made from recycled natural Linen and has been left unbleached and undyed, the weft is ‘Recover’. Recover is a Global Recycle Standard Mixed Fibre made up of the aforementioned Recycled Cotton and Recycled Polyester (PES) and, according to the Higgs MSI index, is the lowest impact Cotton fibre currently available. The fibre combination makes the resulting fabric extremely robust and hard-wearing; with a 50,000 Martindale Rub test this cloth is fantastic for upholstery projects.
Tinsmiths Natural Linens
Amongst our Linen Furnishing Fabrics is a selection of unbleached and undyed Linens suitable for curtains, blinds and upholstery. Leaving the fabric as close to the natural fibre as possible, by not carrying out any bleaching or dyeing, massively reduces water consumption and chemical processes during the production of the cloth. Linen is extremely durable and so has the potential to last a lifetime and can easily be recycled into an entirely new cloth or paper or upcycled garments.
Tinsmiths Wool Herringbone Curtains in Moss
For older, draughtier houses or those with traditional interiors, our Wool Furnishing Fabrics are a tried and tested favourite. Mostly all woven in the UK, they are suitable for fixed upholstery and conform well to curves and padding. Wool is an excellent, planet-friendly option as it requires less or no chemical treatment for upholstery as it is inherently fire retardant. It also has a fabulous drape and does not hold a crease, making it an ideal candidate for larger curtains. In fantastic herringbones, plains, checks and plaids, these Wools would adapt well to serve as winter coats or clothing patterns that require a more robust cloth.
We actively promote recycling both internally and amongst our customers and suppliers; reducing our own waste by reusing our suppliers’ packaging in our warehouse and by using up scraps and offcuts from our sewing rooms through various Homewares products. We have an ongoing sale of Remnants from our Fabric Shop which includes the last of discontinued lines to pieces with small faults not used in larger projects; they are fantastically discounted and we recommend you snap them up while you can!
All facts and figures have been sourced from Global Recycled Standard