Graham and I are currently working on a design archives project which will form the basis of our next Obsessionistas exhibition in Birmingham in June. We've been allowed access to some imcredible archives from some of the UK's leading heritage brands and feel very privileged and excited about sharing them.
We both feel really passionately that the UK doesn't do nearly enough to celebrate its rich design and manufacturing heritage.... which is essentially what our Design Archives project is all about. You can find out more about it here.
So I was really interested to hear about English Eccentrix, a new venture by Royal Stafford, which aims to bring together the best of independent design while drawing upon the vast heritage of ceramic manufacture in Stoke. Carly Dodsley is one of the designers producing work for them. Her work first caught my eye a couple of months ago and I have been meaning to blog about it for some time. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, she is passionate about British manufacture, its heritage and all things ceramic. Working at the Royal Overhouse Manufactory, surrounded by piles of plates and books, Carly creates patterns that are inspired by a vast archive of British design as well as more contemporary trends.
If like me you love the mid-century tableware designs of Jessie Tait and Kathie Winkle you might recognise the influence of their designs Carly's work (which is now being stocked at Selfridges).