London based furniture store, Heal’s, has joined forces with three emerging textile designers to create a new collection of printed cushions. The limited edition range is designed and signed by Kangan Arora, Daniel Heath and Maxine Sutton.
The three designers take inspiration from a diverse range of subject matters, from the animated colours of India, to the unassuming architecture of London, and even the costumes from the 1980s film, Pretty in Pink. The overall collection oozes both style and personality, with each design telling its own story through the use of colour, pattern, texture and handcrafted techniques.
Born in India into a family with a long history of working in textile trade, Central St. Martin’s alumnus Kangan Arora is known for her use of screen-printing, combined with traditional hand embroidery and appliqué.
Arora’s eclectic mix of prints for Heal’s is heavily influenced by her Indian roots and the country’s modern street culture. Inspired by kitsch objects and bright graphics of Bollywood posters, Arora’s designs are screen-printed, embroidered and quilted in her London studio, and produced by craftsmen in Northern India.
Daniel Heath trained in traditional silk-screen printing processes at the Royal College of Art. He has created four designs exclusively for Heal’s inspired by the splendours of London’s Art Deco architecture. His geometric designs feature symmetrical structures and are hand-printed onto British-sourced linen in his East London studio. Adopting a simple palette of bright primary hues, Heath’s prints are contemporary and linear, yet with a strong nostalgic feel.
Embroidery and textile designer Maxine Sutton applies chalky pastels and flashes of pink to her designs. Made in Margate using natural fabrics, Sutton’s range boasts a unique way of handcrafting – combining screen-printing and hand embroidery, with appliqué patchwork and needle punch details.
With a touch of playfulness, Sutton’s designs feature her trademark illustrative and abstract motifs. One print features the iconic Heal’s Cat, and takes its colour and embroidery influences from the costumes in John Hughes’ Pretty in Pink. Others use blocks of overlapping dyes to reflect the conversation between colour and pattern.