Just a few days before the launch of the first selection of new bags in Dover Street Market we take a behind the scenes look at the concept and processes involved in this unique collaboration.
Royal College of Art graduate Tamasyn Gambell has designed print for labels including Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent. With her own eponymous brand she creates luxurious, considered designs using the most environmentally and socially responsible methods available. Her work is sold in selected design and fashion stores globally.
When Tamasyn approached us suggesting a collaborative project, the idea of printing onto our Herdwyck No.10 tweed immediately connected our appreciation of graphic pattern and Herdwick sheep smit-marks. A smit is the distinctive pattern daubed in bright paint on newly sheared sheep, this allows their easy identification.
Tamasyn’s approach to print design is immediately striking; bold colour and shape slightly subverted by the misaligned registration of colour blocks. The two designs appearing in this collaboration, Broken Square and Two Colour Geometric, are inspired by nautical flags and their graphic structures. They are screen printed by hand using water-based pigments, the final touches are completed with a small brush.
The prints reveal new texture in the tweed. Accepted by the dark wool fibres the ink produces deep colour while the kemp fibres appear bright white against this background. This merging of bold, graphic colour and coarse natural textures creates a mesmerising new aesthetic, simultaneously modern and organic.
Both print designs will be available soon on selected Herdwyck No.10 bags from Dover Street Market.