- February 7th 2014
Back in sunny September, a group of Editors from top lifestyle magazines such as Country Living and Country Homes and Interiors joined Barbour for a day in the country.
The trip was organised to introduce the editors to Barbour’s Spring Summer 2014 collaboration with Yorkshire-based Canal Boat Artist and Artisan Crafts Designer, Julie Dodsworth.
Press were treated to a lunchtime presentation of the pretty floral collection, which includes jackets, summery knitwear, t-shirts, dresses, footwear and accessories. This was followed by a walk along the canal tow path to visit Julie Dodsworth’s narrowboat, Calamity Jane, which is the inspiration behind the prints in the collection.
Inspired by 18th Century Folk Art, Julie's prints are designed to fit in with the strict rules that canal boat art traditions uphold by only featuring specific flowers and shapes such as Roses, Daisies and Hearts. The result is a collection of five intensely colourful prints: Mill Stream, named after the Grand Union Canal, the longest canal in the UK; Nature Walk, inspired by the variety of the flowers often found alongside canal tow paths; Daisyfield, referencing the famous landmark on the Leeds Liverpool canal; May Fair, celebrating the Canal Festivals that take place in May; and, Candle Bridge, a tribute to the beautiful bridge on the Grand Union Canal in Northamptonshire.
Julie’s unique prints have appeared on Ceramics, Home Furnishings and Candles before, and now Barbour is now the first clothing company to feature the artist.
Highlights of the day included having a peek inside Calamity Jane (Julie’s gorgeous canalboat home) and spotting the country pub’s dog, Bramble, tucking into some biscuits that were meant to be gifts for the guests attending. At least he enjoyed them!