I love poppies and any textile with a poppy print immediately grabs my attention. Here is a gallery of favourites.
First (of course) is the fabulous Sanderson ‘Floppy Poppy’, an iconic Art Nouveau inspired print designed in 1967 for Sanderson Fabrics by Diana and Derek Collard. lt’s a vibrant pink, red, gold and green psychedelic furnishing fabric in a gorgeous medium weight satinised cotton. This design provided the inspiration for Fabulous Vintage and my logo. I’ve found 3 meters of this fabric recently and it’s on way to Sydney from London as I write.
Another favourite is Sanderson’s ‘Rhea’ from the 1970s. It’s a stunning vibrant screen print of stylised poppies and foliage on an off white background. So far I’ve found it in three colourways. This fabric is also a wonderful satinised cotton.
Sanderson released ‘Athene’, another flamboyant poppy design, a few years ago. It is based on the 1970s print ‘Rhea’ above and has a retro feel reminiscent of that era. It was woven in cotton and viscose onto a beautiful satin. This image of ‘Athene’ below is taken from Home Portfolio.
Other favourite (modern) poppy fabric includes ‘Oriental Poppy’, also by Sanderson and pictured below. Huge open poppy flowers in an exuberant arrangement, available in five colourways in both dark and light backgrounds.
The fabric below is ‘Tree Poppy’ from Sanderson’s vintage collection. As I understand the design is from the 1920s and it’s Art Deco style would have been considered very contemporary when first produced.
Marimekko was founded in 1951 by Viljo and Arimi Ratia. Armi asked some artist friends to apply their graphic designs to textiles. In order to show how the fabric could be used, the company then designed and sold a line of simple dresses using their fabric.
Marimekko’s bold fabrics and bright, simple design strongly influenced late 20th-century taste. Many of the early Marimekko designs, including Maija Isola’s Unikko (below), remain in production today.
Another favourite poppy fabric is ‘Big Poppy’ by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller fabrics. I love the deep red pink colour of the flower petals.
Susy Pilgrim Waters is an illustrator, designer and painter whose work is used extensively in print advertising, book and magazine publishing, and commercial licensing. These images are taken from her website.
I’m currently researching for my next blog post about retro crochet fashion and home décor. Check back in a week or so to see more fabulous colourful pictures.
Thanks for reading.