Florence Broadhurst Fabrics Design Team

At Florence Broadhurst Fabrics we are blessed with a team of talented textile designers from around the world, much like Florence Broadhurst had herself!

We are really excited to be launching this new collection. But how did we go about choosing from her design archive of over 500 designs? And how did we select the colourways?

Meet Our Textile Design Team

So, meet the team who curated the collection! We chat with Chloe, Brigitte, Sara, Barbara and Cathy who worked on the range, headed up by Chloe. Find out which designs are their favourites and what they would create with them!

Florence Broadhurst Fabrics, textile design work

How did you go about choosing from her design archive?

CHLOE: We have multiple binders of black and white images of the screens from the Florence archive. We knew that it was going to be hard to pick because there are so many! It was decided to group different styles together and select favourites from that... jungle, floral, kids etc. Six to eight designs were selected for each category and then we sourced the files.

BRIGITTE: The process was to try to get the right balance between the type and scale of designs... geometrics, tropicals, orientals, historical etc. to make sure all were represented. We also looked at the different periods of Florence’s life, from her trips to the East to the trends of the ’70s with the idea of telling her story. The whole team worked on all the designs (as opposed to being assigned specific designs) so that we got each designer’s colour sensitivity across the board.

I also personally was lucky enough to go on a field trip to The Powerhouse Museum to look at the Florence Broadhurst archives. Seeing how everything was handled with so much reference really brought home how special the project was!

Florence Broadhurst original wallpaper book, Powerhouse Museum
Florence Broadhurst original wallpaper book, Powerhouse Museum

How were the colours adapted?

CHLOE: My favourite part – the colour. We played around with lots of different colourways and combinations. My personal favourite is mustard and navy, which you can see evident in the jungle prints. We also included original colourways, such as Pup’s 'Seaside' which is in one of her original screen-printed wallpaper books in the design studio. Florence was definitely not afraid of colour so we made sure we covered the rainbow! Neutrals, rich warm hues and brights. Something for everyone.

BRIGITTE: The designers were encouraged to refer to the original wallpaper books for inspiration as much as possible.  These books contain wild colourways as well as some soft and sophisticated combinations that are very unexpected, so it was a great starting point. Obviously, we also had to think of contemporary colour sensitivity.

The textile design team had to create colourways that were wildly different from one another. We wanted to see how the design reacted with high contrast, low contrast, dark background, light background, pastel, brights, the whole gamut. All in all it was a very fun project most designers can only but dream of!

Florence Broadhurst original wallpaper book, Powerhouse Museum

Which of the textile designs have never been seen before?

CHLOE: When going through her archive I was surprised by how many designs I’d never seen before, such as Wishbone Tapestry, Spanish Plate and Lattice Leaf. They may have once been used on wallpapers but not on textiles.

DESIGN FAVES OF OUR TEXTILE DESIGN TEAM!

Chloe Evans

Which is your favourite design and colourway?

My favourite (although it changes each day) would be the design Carnation in Dijion, the detail and linework is gorgeous.

What would you make from the new collection?

I would love to make a giant floor cushion, in a big bright bold pattern, perhaps Wishbone Tapestry in Acidic on Palermo!

You can follow Chloe and her design inspiration on Instagram.


 

Brigitte Marlot

Which is your favourite design and colourway?

The kid's designs were a nice novelty to work on. As a designer accustomed to aged care and hospitality it was nice to let our inner child free for a change! So my favourite designs from the new range are Halftone Clouds in Rose and I have a soft spot for Cats in Fruit Salad (I love the weird quirkiness of the drawing.)

What would you make from the new collection?

I would cover my couch!

Be inspired by Brigitte by following her on Instagram and Pinterest.


 

Sara Falavigna

Which is your favourite design and colourway?

Carnation in Fiesta.

What would you make from the new collection?

I would print it on a fabric to decorate the lampshades of an old style pub, to combine it with sofas from the '70s, yellowish velvet fabrics and precious crystal jugs from the early 1900s.


 

Barbara Brayovic

Which is your favourite design and colourway?

My favourite design is Floral 300 in Biro.

What would you make from the new collection?

I’d love to make a beautiful cape.

Follow Barbara and her love of design on Instagram and Pinterest.

Cathy Klees

Which is your favourite design and colourway?

My favourite design is Halftone Clouds, in 'Drizzle.'

What would you make from the new collection?

I would make a patchwork quilt using all the colourways, on the Palermo base cloth.


 

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