Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

In Conversation: Molly Mahon

Molly Mahon’s bold and cheerful block printed fabrics, wallpapers and homewares are inspired by nature, her travels to India and her daily life in Sussex.

On today’s conversation, we get to know the work and life of a modern print maker.

In conversation: Molly Mahon
Molly Mahon

 

Dear Molly, first of all, I would like to know when did your love affair with block printing started?
Staring through the windows of an amazing fabric shop in Barnes, London where I was living and had my first child, so was often out pushing a pram. A feast for the eyes of fabrics all hand bock printed here in the UK. This led me to the shop owners block printing workshop set in the idyllic Sussex countryside and from that moment on I have been block printing obsessive.

I grew up in a very artistic environment where my mother was always making or doing something creative at the kitchen table. Therefore I feel very at home when I am at the table printing, in a nostalgic homely sort of way!

In Conversation: Molly Mahon

 

What did you find the most difficult part when starting your business? And the most rewarding?
My business has really grown organically so there isn’t a start date as such. At first it was my happy creative outlet which caught the eyes of friends. Slowly it grew to me printing for people outside of my circle, this was when I realised there was a business here.

Finding the people to work with and help me grow was hard, it took a lot of meetings and time and research. But, now I work with some wonderful people and have grown some very special relationships, in the UK and India. This is extremely rewarding as they also understand and want to make our products a thing of beauty.

The business is also my life, I am very passionate about what I do, so take everything personally! So if something goes wrong I really feel it, but when it goes right and when I see a pleased new client my heart sings and I realise that what I do is completely worth it.

In Convesation: Molly Mahon

 

Has Social Media changed your business model in any way?
YES – I think I have a lot to thank for Instagram. It’s the only social media channel that I use. I adore it, so simple and so visual – the perfect app for our product. It has enabled a very small kitchen table business with a small cash flow (so little expenditure on advertising/PR etc) to be seen all over the globe. I am certain that many of our orders have come off the back of my posts. I have also made many business connections through Instagram. It’s a really happy, positive, inspiring community.

In Conversation: Molly Mahon
Molly Mahon’s s Instagram @mollymahonblockprinting is full of inspiration

 

Favourite English interior.
The has to be Charleston farmhouse. Heavily embellished with colour, pattern and fabrics and set in the South Downs, down the road from us, Charleston has been a big influence on me and my designs. It concretes in my mind that ‘more is more’ and that colour and pattern makes for a very happy feeling home.

Charleston House (Sussex) Source: Charleston Trust. Penélope Fewster photography

 

A colour you would never be tired of.
Pink, in all its shades. Pink seems to be one of the hardest colours to mix, so we are delighted that we have some really lovely pinks in our collections.

In Conversation: Molly Mahon

 

Do you have any tips for mixing different prints in the same room?
Firstly, dont be scared to do it. If you like how it looks then thats good. A home should be made by very personal decisions, not by someone elses rule book. Start with one item, maybe a lampshade and add slowly…cushions, wallpaper then a new sofa cover perhaps…Mix up the scales, dont worry about colours, do what feels right to you.

In Conversation: Molly Mahon

 

When creating a new design, what part of the process do you enjoy the most?
I carry ideas around in my head, so I am in heaven when I find the time to sit down and pour them out on to paper. Once I have got the motif as I want it there is nothing more thrilling than carving the block and seeing how it looks in repeat. I am very impatient and work quite quickly. I can feel immediately if its going to work on fabric/wallpaper or whether it goes in the box of ‘needs more work’. Once I have the design I look at it and can imagine what sort of colours it should be printed in, its fascinating how colour can change the look of a design. I get very excited when I lift the block for the first time. A newly printed design that has been a success in my mind really is a thing of joy to me.

In Conversation: Molly Mahon

Thank you so much Molly!

For more information visit: http://www.mollymahon.com

Images courtesy of Molly Mahon unless otherwise stated.

Claire de Quénetain – Hortense Collection

In a short period of time, Claire de Quénetain has achieved something that for many can take a lifetime: a signature and unmistakable style.

French-born Claire de Quénetain graduated from the prestigious Royal College of Art before setting up her own printmaking studio. Working across prints and textiles, her patterns mix light watercolour shades with bold dashes of colour to add a painterly feel to any space.

Inspired by flowers such as hortensias and lupines, her latest collection ‘Hortense’ showcases a range of fabrics and paintings that transform any room into a utopian garden.

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Annabelle Fabric
The Annabelle Fabric

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Gardening Painting
The Gardening Painting

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Hydrangea Painting 2
The Hydrangea Painting 2

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Flore Fabric
The Flore Fabric

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Rainbow Fabric
The Rainbow Fabric

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Lupine Painting 3
The Lupine Painting 3

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Hydrangea Fabric
The Hydrangea Fabric

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - Sculptural Drawing 1 and 2
Sculptural Drawing 1 and 2

 

Claire de Quenetain Hortense Collection - The Lupine Painting
The Lupine Painting

For more information visit https://clairedequenetain.com/collections/hortense-collection

Images: Claire de Quénetain

Antica Stamperia Trevi

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Rome was discovering ‘Antica Stamperia Trevi’ a printer that opened its doors in 1780.

What caught my attention was the simplicity of the place and the beautiful paper sets that I saw in the windows. I came in to ask if they were available to purchase as it looked more like a workspace than a store. Sergio Franci, the man in charge of this fascinating place, told me that I could buy them and carefully showed them to me.

Antica Stamperia Trevi, Roma

Antica Stamperia Trevi, Roma

Antica Stamperia Trevi, Roma

While I was trying to decide which one to purchase, I started to talk to Franci. He was preparing some (very well presented ) small boxes with invitations and cards ready to be sent to his exclusive clientele from all over the world.

Since 1780 Antica Stamperia Trevi has been working for Kings, Queens, Popes, Cardinals, Ministers…yet this place is anything but pretentious.

The craftsmanship and savior- faire is what really stands out. Sergio only works with traditional techniques on a laborious process in order to keep the traditional Italian motto ‘Bello e Ben Fatto’ alive.

Grazie mille Sergio!

Sergio Franci, Antica Stamperia Trevi (Rome)
Sergio Franci

 

Antica Stamperia Trevi, Rome

Antica Stamperia Trevi, Rome

Antica Stamperia Trevi , Roma

Antica Stamperia Trevi, Rome

Antica Stamperia Trevi, Rome

Antica Stamperia Trevi, Via dell’Umilta 84 , Roma.

+39 066794718  anticastamperiatrevi@gmail.com