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Inspiration from the Cornish Coastline – fabrics by Zoe Howarth

Zoe Howarth, another gem we found at the New Designers show, makes luxurious fabrics using a combination of traditional techniques and a modern digital Jacquard loom. Inspired by the natural textures and colors of the Cornish coastline their muted colors are part of their subtle appeal. Incidentally the image above was taken by Modenus CEO and avid traveler Veronika, on a recent trip to Cornwall.

Zoe Howarth, Scarf 'Ripple' detail

Zoe’s fabrics consist of rolling pleated surfaces and seer suckered stripes that are combined with layering. She uses natural and synthetic fibers to create subtle textures that work well on scarves, throws and furniture fabrics.

Zoe Howarth, Chenille rock fabric

I spent many childhood holidays in a small Cornish ferryman’s cottage in Malpas, largely because the ferryman was known to me as Uncle Tommy. Given the chance I would wander off by myself, walking along the rugged coastline, throwing pebbles and peering in rock pools. To me, Zoe’s Chenille Rock, shown above, makes perfect sense.  Indeed, it brought back a flood of memories. Whoever would have imagined fabric could do that?


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