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SEVEN GAUGE STUDIOS

20th August 2015

If you’ve been following Copperline for a while you may recall that I’ve featured Seven Gauge Studios here twice before (yes, I am that big a fan): first back in 2013 as an In Conversation With feature with the company’s founder, textile designer Joy Bates, and then in January last year when I wrote about the latest collection at the time. So when Joy got in touch to introduce her new collection for Autumn/Winter 2015 I had to share it.

To me, these are pieces you would have – and treasure – for years. My instant favourite is the new Angles blanket in oatmeal and indigo (pictured above and below), which was added to my ever-growing wish list as soon as I laid eyes on it.

I asked Joy about the inspiration behind the new collection.

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Where did you glean ideas from when working on this collection?

It’s all about geometric pattern again for me. I’ve been influenced just lately by the work of Gio Ponti. I love the simple, repetitive graphic shapes and this has influenced my Wedge and Folk designs.

A little bit of Eighties/Memphis inspiration has also crept in there; I’ve been looking at those knitting patterns again – I think this is how Grid and Angles were born.

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How did you decide on the colour palette?

I’m obsessed with blues this season and wanted to include blue and white in the collection (thinking of Gio Ponti’s blue/white tiles) but also use the same neptune blue with a very dark indigo for a richer, moodier effect. I’ve been coveting some midcentury Bitossi ceramics – this has obviously had an effect on my blue fixation!

I’ve also put together a blue inspiration Pinterest board.

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In our previous chat you mentioned how your influences are very wide ranging and that sometimes even a film can be a catalyst – at the time you’d just watched Moonrise Kingdom and cited that. What have been your current sources of inspiration? 

I went to Paris for the weekend earlier in the year and was lucky to catch the Sonia Delaunay exhibition. I loved her textiles – they’re full of colour and geometric inspiration.

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Do you have a favourite piece from the new collection?

My favourite is the Grid cushion (below) and blanket in neptune blue and oatmeal.

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What else are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on some Christmas ideas…

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With thanks to Joy Bates. See the full collection on Seven Gauge Studios.

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