Design Centre Stories

Textiles in a Trice

Philadelphia-based fabric company Galbraith & Paul (available from Holland & Sherry) is a true exponent of ‘slow design’, with textiles that are painstakingly hand-block printed. With a growing waiting list, however, it has launched Ready to Wear, a collection of eight digitally printed designs with a lead time of two to three weeks.

The patterns are a mix of old favourites and new designs, with the latter including Bellflower (above left), Granada, a whimsical townscape, and ‘Ovals’ (above right). The collection has been further divided into suggested palettes, including alpine (below), with soft grey-blue and green, and pop, which includes refreshing brights such as yellow, pink and lavender.

Liz Galbraith and Ephraim Paul founded Galbraith & Paul in 1988, using traditional hand-block printing techniques to make their textiles. Today, the studio has grown to 22 people, many of them from an art or artisan background. “Our work is rooted in craft and tradition. These things are really important to us,” said Liz Galbraith on a visit to Holland & Sherry’s Design Centre showroom during Focus/23. “There are a lot of subtleties in the process”. She develops all the colours by hand in the studio, using a 14-pigment system that results in a beautiful depth of colour.

Holland & Sherry, First Floor, North & Centre Domes