This winter we take inspiration from artist Joan Eardley’s painterly works, which portray an extraordinary clash of urban landscapes and Scottish wildlife. We chat to our Head of Design, Mark to get an inside look at the inspirations behind our winter prints and uncover his favourite pieces from the new collection. Over to Mark…

Mark introduces Winter 18: explore our beautifully expressive winter prints

“Our winter collection is called School of Art, and was inspired by British artist, Joan Eardley. One of our designers saw an exhibition of her work in Glasgow which initially sparked our interest. Eardley was born in England but she spent most of her working life in Scotland. Her work is inspired by urban landscapes mixed with the natural world and the Scottish environment. She was fascinated by the tenements and the people who lived in them, so a lot of her artwork and her paintings were directly inspired by the streets of Glasgow. We wanted to get an element of this within our winter prints.”

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Glasgow Top and Dress

“The Glasgow print is key to our winter collection. We were very much inspired by nature within Glasgow city, and noticed how it really brightens up the industrial streets. We developed this print in-house – it directly references Joan Eardley’s art handwriting. Her style was scratchy, painterly, abstract and colourful. But we wanted to make sure these pieces felt feminine as well, so we added in some natural elements to the designs.”

“Also notice the fabric base that we used for these pieces. It’s a hemp blend, which has that rawness about it – the texture really works well with this type of print handwriting. The fabric’s heaviness is great for winter too.”

“Here at Thought we believe that the smallest of details are important. On both of these styles, we added some black panelling, making them easy to outfit back with black tights or jeans. On the Glasgow Top we added some modern detailing – a wide elastic cuff and ‘grosgrain’ ribbon tie at the back of the neck feminise this piece beautifully. The pleat detailing on the front of the Glasgow Dress adds a bit of fullness to the front. And as always with our shift dresses, we include pockets – this dress has two simple patch pockets.”

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Falkirk Tunic

“A lot of Joan Eardley’s paintings were moody and abstract – the print on our Falkirk Tunic really reflects this. We sourced this print from the studio that we work with. It really sums up Eardley’s art handwriting and the moodiness of the Glasgow scene, with lots of black included in the print which grounds it nicely. We’ve placed the Falkirk print on one of our best-selling tunic shapes, making it clean and modern. This is a great throw-on piece – wear it with leggings or skinny jeans to add some art-inspired interest to you look.”

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City Nature Skirt

“The print on our City Nature Skirt is again used on a woven hemp fabric. There are many interesting skirt shapes coming in this season, but we loved this asymmetric, hankie hem – it’s angular and unique. The print again reflects urban wildlife in the city of Glasgow. It has abstract brushstrokes in the background, reflecting Joan Eardley’s paintings with tonal, dark flora in the foreground.  This is a great shape to pair with a chunky knit, black tights and boots.”

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Papilo Top (coming soon)

“Something that you tend to spot around the city of Glasgow; butterflies and moths. We wanted to create embroidery that would work well for an autumn winter wardrobe, so this piece isn’t overtly vibrant – the colours are muted and reflect the colours Eardley uses throughout her artworks. We embroidered the butterflies in a modern way; they are used as a tile-inspired border, as well as scattered elsewhere on the top. This easy-to-wear, boxy piece is made from our woven hemp fabric and is a simple way of adding some subtle colour to your winter wardrobe.”

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Glesga Reversible Jacket (coming soon)

“And now for our knitwear… When you think of Scotland, you think of tartan and checks, so we definitely wanted to include an element of this in our collection. We developed the Glesga coatigan with this in mind, keeping it monochrome so that it’s easy to wear. The advantage of this piece is that it’s reversible! The interior reflects the texture of granite or concrete buildings. On the other side we have a tartan inspired check print. It really is such a versatile, cosy, quality piece of knitwear.”

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Rubina Tunic

“Finally, we have our Rubina Tunic. For this piece, we looked to Joan Eardley herself and what she wore; she lived in her artist’s smock. Our version is very practical and simple, with comfortable pockets, as always. The raised boat neckline was a key part of this piece too. We added an exposed zip at the back to give it a modern edge, with a simple bracelet-length sleeve.  As corduroy is such a key fabric for the season, we thought it perfect to use for this piece. What makes our corduroy so special is that it’s made from organic cotton rather than synthetic fibres. This fabric really takes the colour well too, so the Fox Red version looks wonderfully vibrant and rich.”

Thank you Mark!

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Let us know what you think of our winter prints in the comments below, or tweet us @thoughtclothing.

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