Muted shades with bright, bold colours, the idea of beginning, bubbling, growing and changing.
Lizzie Weir is a Fine Art Textile Designer, specialising in bespoke printed linen, producing designs that are original, hand printed and truly unique. The print runs are limited, giving the linen an exclusive and luxurious feel, focussing on concept, visual aesthetic and quality.VIEW COLLECTION
Lizzie follows her heart and recently launched her own design studio deep in the Cotswold Countryside. She named it Anatole, meaning ‘sunrise’ in Greek Mythology and a bright new beginning it was.
‘I wanted to make marks in the abstract, to create lines, circles, dots.’
The ethos behind Anatole Design is high quality, unique pieces with a Fine Art aesthetic. No mass production here. Each piece of linen is hand printed and the colourways and designs are individual to each collection. The linen is printed to order and this creative flexibility allows nuances within the fabric to be celebrated and truly original one-off pieces to emerge. VIEW COLLECTION
Lizzie told us how she approaches her work. “Drawing and mark making is the starting point, it is essential that the mark is honest, the marks emerge abstractly, they can be drawn from a reference point, from repetitive drawing exercises or from simple experimentation with drawing tools.”
First course, Primordial Soup.
Lizzie first collection is inspired by the rich broth of ideas contained in ‘The Observer’s Book of Pond Life’. The ethereal and otherworldly illustrations of the Desmids and Rotifers had a profound effect on her. “When I began creating the work I knew that I wanted to make marks in the abstract, to create lines, circles, dots, shapes, to mark make and see where the process took me. The marks that I began to make formed layers, the layers became thicker and the idea for the ‘soup’ at the beginning formed.”
Her colour palette is eclectic. She is interested in the dialogue created by placing subtle, muted colours alongside bright bold ones. The effect is startling, bubbling, random and unfettered as if to disturb the sensibilities and echo the origins of life itself.
Lost and profound.
The ‘Counter balance 17’ Fabric Collection is a Lizzie Weir signature in the sense that it couldn’t belong to anyone else. It’s wonderful disordered quality is inspired by the drawings and prints of 1950s designers with heavy use of line and block colours. The shapes emerge from shadow drawings of balls of wire found on Lyme Regis beach.
Out of the minds of babes and sucklings.
The X and Y Fabric Collection is a result of Lizzie drawing with her seven year old son who was engaged in some work of national importance with pencil and paper. A series of repetitive shapes began to emerge and Lizzie noticed that his style mirrored her own: listening to others and drawing when he was meant to be listening.
Drawing to solve problems, to create problems and drawing for drawing’s sake. She began to scrutinise the designs – the lines, the repetition and variation and X and Y started to appear. She cut up the designs creating blocks, geometric shapes and spaces. The printing designs are potentially infinite and the results are fascinating, oddly mathematical – and beautiful.
If are interested in a special commission for yourself or as a gift, we would be delighted to discuss further details, please contact us and we will be happy to help.