Ikon Collection Printing – Behind the scenes
UK Manufacturing Images – Behind the scenes.
I have been setting up TheWindow today and came across all my photos taken during the printing of our Ikon Collection. We thought you might like to see a few as we spend time working with the printers to tweak the colours until they are perfect. When they are on the print machine all the colours are soft and they need to go through the flash-age (Fixation of VAT prints) before the colours come up as true colour. We then take these into a room with daylight bulbs to sign off each colourway.
If you would like to view the video we took while printing – http://www.natashamarshall.com/editorial/video/
The Ikon collection is showcasing the best of British design and manufacturing. We hope you enjoy seeing the photos of the Ikon Collection printing – behind the scenes. To view the Ikon collection click here, so you can plan which fabrics you would like to use in your home. The cotton linen prints give a beautiful finish to a modern home when made into curtains or blinds, or you can add a pop of pattern or colour with our cushions.
Ikon Collection Background History.
Many of the designs in the new Ikon collection come from the Natasha Marshall Design archive.
The duo behind the Natasha Marshall brand are husband and wife, Natasha and Neil Fullerton. Natasha and Neil both graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1996 where Natasha studied printed and knitted textiles and Neil, graphic design and then electronic imaging at Duncan Of Jordanstone. Their combined expertise in textiles and graphic design saw them create iconic designs from 1997 for their in-house collections including Plectrum, Drift, Always, Blossom and Beanstalk which are still very popular today.
These collections had been selling very successfully under license worldwide until 2008. In 2009, Natasha and Neil set up the Glasgow based design studio, Natasha Marshall Limited working predominantly as ghost designers, and now work with mills around the world creating collections for a number of clients based throughout the UK and Europe. These brands sell worldwide into a wide number of sectors including retail, hotel, cruise, leisure and healthcare. The Natasha Marshall team pride themselves in supplying fabrics that are both imaginatively designed and coloured as well as technically suitable for each sector.
2015 has seen the launch of Natasha’s own studio collections. The Ikon Collection includes many of the most popular designs Drift, Plectrum, Always, Beanstalk, Billow and Blossom. Whilst the Alegre Collection comprises new designs. With Tandem wallpapers ranges complimenting both ranges. All Natasha Marshall Collections are all stocked in the new Glasgow Studio and we aim to provide excellent customer service, with no minimum order quantities and prompt order fulfilment.
Plectrum: Designed in 1999. Part of the original Urban Print collection that was launched at 100% Design in 2001. This was the first stocked range that Natasha and Neil launched under the brand name Squigee.
Billow: Designed in 2007. Part of the Natasha Marshall Calypso collection that offered 6 colourways. This collection was all based on the underwater theme – billowing seaweed was the inspiration for Billow. We have simplified this design by removing the third colour for the new version in 2015!
Blossom: Designed in 2006. Part of The Park Collection that offered 5 colours. This collection was based on the drawings of park and country life – Blossoms on a branch was the inspiration for Blossom.
Beanstalk: Designed in 2006. Part of The Park Collection that offered 6 colours. This collection was based on the drawings of park and country life – Branches joining the stem was the inspiration for Beanstalk.
Always: Designed in 2006. Part of The Park Collection that offered 5 colours. This collection was based on the drawings of park and country life – The old countryside signposts was the inspiration for Always.
Drift: Designed in 2005. Part of the Decanto Prints collection offered in 5 colours. This collection was based on Natasha’s photographs about and about in Glasgow – Pavement photos was the inspiration for Drift.
Zip: Designed in 2014 to include in the new Ikon collection.