British designer Annie Sloan, best known for a line of beautifully coloured chalk paints that are incredibly versatile and easy to use, has just launched a new range of printed fabrics inspired by British artists, including 18th and 19th century watercolourists, lino cutters, and illustrators. The three new patterns – Dulcet, Piano and Tacit – are a wonderful complement to Sloan’s chalk paint palette, and her existing range of ten coloured linens. In addition to the prints, there are timeless tickings, also featuring colours from the Annie Sloan palette.
Made in the UK of 60 per cent linen, 30 per cent cotton, and 10 per cent nylon, the new line is suitable for curtains, blinds, soft furnishings and general upholstery (dry clean only). It sells for approximately $136 per yard. The tickings are 100 per cent cotton and are approximately $99 per yard. They can be washed in cool water and may be ironed with a cool iron. The printed fabrics measure 55 inches (143 cm) wide, and tickings are 57.5 inches (146 cm). Both are available through Annie Sloan stockists in Canada and online.
Dulcet (shown left) was inspired by the work of landscape painters from the 1800s, as well as modern impressionist and abstract paintings of trees and scenery. The fabric is available in three colours: Old White, Versailles (shades of tawny beige splashed with white and blue) and Graphite.
Tacit (shown below right) takes its inspiration from lino prints of designers and artists from the 1930s. Hieroglyphs, letters, numbers and shapes form an all over pattern available in four colours: Old Violet, Duck Egg Blue, French Linen and Graphite. Its crisp graphic quality works equally well on traditional and modern pieces and rooms.
Piano (shown below left) is a fresh and fun pattern that was created by Sloan in chalk paint with freehand, doodle-like brush marks: the dots, squiggles and stripes can look either playful or formal, depending on the colour chosen, the pieces it’s used on, and how it’s paired with other patterns and tones. It comes in Old Violet, Provence (a pleasing combination of zesty yellow, turquoise and mauve) and Olive.
The classic herringbone ticking (shown below right), which we are absolutely dying to find a way to use here at Around the House, is woven in Old Violet, Olive and Graphite. I love them all, so don’t ask me to pick a favourite hue. (Although, I do keep looking at the Old Violet and going, hmmmmm, that’s awfully pretty.)