Elmley Nature Reserve Commission
Our second collection of designs has taken inspiration from an Arts Council funded project 'LOCAL COLLECTION'. We took workshop participants on foraging and botanical walks exploring the local wildlife on the Oare Marshes and Elmley Nature Reserve on the Isle of Sheppey followed by screen printing workshops in the barn on the reserve.
Designs were then developed from the project inspired by the local plants Sea Lavender, Phragmites Reeds, Samphire and Vetch. We were then commissioned to develop the designs for the Shepherd Hut at Elmley Nature Reserve which can be rented by the night.
“Francesca developed bespoke designs for our overnight stays business at the Elmley Nature Reserve, a 3,200acre National Nature Reserve and family farm on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. Francesca’s understanding of and affinity with the natural environment teamed with her very special creative flair resulted in wonderful unique designs which we are so happy with. We used Francesca’s design on cushions and curtains in our shepherd’s huts which overlook the marsh landscape and fit perfectly with the modern rustic décor of the huts. Fran was very helpful in advising on colours and design combinations and was very happy to tweak designs and colour match to ensure we had the perfect fabrics for our accommodation. We very much look forward to working with her again on future projects”.
Elmley National Nature Reserve