The inspiration behind the patterns

After I spoke at the launch of the "You can take the girl out of Cornwall..." collection, so many people said how lovely it was to hear the inspiration behind the patterns so here it is!

The collection is made up of 6 designs in a range of colours:

The first design I wanted to create was my take on a nautical stripe. Horizontal stripes can be seen everywhere by the coast in the sea, sky, beach and cliffs but I wanted to create an updated version. I decided to go with a narrow stripe, inspired by Breton stripes (a nod to my half French husband) and to incorporate graphic cloud motif within the stripes. I love simplicity and clean lines of this design.

 Cornish Clouds in (left to right) Saffron, Atlantic, Cove and Mizzle.

Cornish Clouds in (left to right) Saffron, Atlantic, Cove and Mizzle.

The Surfboard Scallop design is inspired by the surfing culture that is very prominent on the north coast of Cornwall. I grew up in St Agnes where you will always find surfers in the sea regardless of the weather so I wanted to create a pattern that reflected this. I took the top dimensions from a surfboard and repeated then in a scallop patten - this pattern works well either way up.

 Surfboard Scallop in (left to right) Atlantic, Rockpool, Lobster and Saffron

Surfboard Scallop in (left to right) Atlantic, Rockpool, Lobster and Saffron

The Pebble Stack design echoes the pebbly beaches found all around Cornwall's coast. I love how their shapes are ever changing with the tide and how each pebble is unique. They also provide endless games for adults and children alike!

 Pebble Stack in Multi and Lobster

Pebble Stack in Multi and Lobster

Until last summer I had never seen a starfish at the local beach to where I grew up, Trevaunance cove. However, when my sons and their cousins were rock pooling last year they found one! So I had to create a starfish design inspired by their rock pool find.

 Starfish and Seaweed designs

Starfish and Seaweed designs

I wanted to include a seaweed design as I feel it's an often overlooked element of the coast. This pattern replicates the way seaweed moves in the sea with the tides.

Spoiler alert! Yes, it does some sometimes rain in Cornwall and as I wanted to create an honest reflection of Cornish life I had to include it. I have always thought raindrops have a very calming nature and this comes through in this design.

 Raindrops in (left to right) Cove, Mizzle, Atlantic and Saffron.

Raindrops in (left to right) Cove, Mizzle, Atlantic and Saffron.

The colour palette consists of a mix of warm and soft colours (as shown in the fabric samples above):
Saffron (yellow)
Atlantic (blue)
Lobster (red)
Cove (blue/green)
Mizzle (soft grey)
Rockpool (soft green)
Salt (soft white)

Fabrics by the metre, lampshades and cushions are all available at www.helenbaker.com including 20cm x 20cm fabric samples.

Helen Baker