Designer Cressida Bell plunders the past October 04, 2018 12:22
For Cressida Bell's first collaboration with Fine Cell Work this British designer, renowned for her uncompromisingly decorative style, has blended the influence of her well-known Bloomsbury Group forebears with diverse sources of inspiration to create a beautifully artistic embroidered and needlepoint cushion collection.
"I work by hand, everything starts off in my sketchbook, hand-drawn and
The discovery of a Fine Cell Work needlepoint cushion in Sigrid Rausing’s Scottish Highlands home and learning the story behind its creation inspired Cressida to approach Fine Cell Work for a collaboration.
Diverse influences, from African textiles to the Victorian embroidery collection of Liverpool cathedral, informed her initial hand-drawn and hand-painted sketches of the Granadilla and Pyramid cushions. Each cushion is either expertly crafted from needlepoint or screen-printed then intricately hand-embroidered.
"Somebody once said to me 'you shamelessly plunder the past'..."
"For me, it's all about the colour"
In explaining her unique decorative aesthetic, Cressida reveals that "somebody once said to me - ‘You shamelessly plunder the past’.." and that she believes in interiors "it’s all about colour." On her choice to collaborate with Fine Cell Work, the designer "loves the fact that you get the name of the person who made it on the cushion" and that, as an alternative to modern throwaway culture, each piece is "more of an heirloom, more of an investment."
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