Over the last two weeks we have been celebrating our passion for woven textiles through our ‘6 of the Best’ British Weavers blog series. The last in this series is Wallace Sewell, who have been influential and given confidence to many designers to start their own batch produced textile companies. This includes Margo who was taught by Harriet and Emma at both Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art.
UK-based British design studio, Wallace Sewell, was established by Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell after graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1990. Their diverse portfolio includes scarves for the Tate museums as well as moquette fabric designs for Transport for London’s underground seating. Working from London and Dorset, this progressive studio pioneers excellence and originality, combining innovation with practical solutions within their woven products.
Wallace Sewell are known for their use of colour, structure and yarn in surprising geometric formats, creating contemporary fabrics with strikingly bold, asymmetric blocks and stripes of varying scales. Each year they create a new scarf and interior collection, which is sold to over 300 stockists, in 23 countries worldwide.
Strongly influenced by the Bauhaus for its aesthetic and design ideology, Wallace Sewell strive to unite craft and manufacturing, embracing traditional techniques. The initial design process begins on handlooms in the London and Dorset studios. Production then takes place at a mill in Lancashire, fusing tradition with state of the art technology weaving a variety of fabrics.
Since Wallace Sewell’s inception, Emma and Harriet are proud to have always worked in the UK, embracing the British Textile Industry for its wealth of expertise and production excellence.