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Emily Pickle tea towel designs

As soon as we saw Emily Pickle's tea towel designs we thought 'wow! retro!' and wanted to feature them on the yay retro! blog.

Emily Pickle is a design company run by Kate Yorke who lives in Derbyshire. She designs tea towels, cards and prints and trained in Surface Pattern & Textile design. Kate has produced designs for Hallmark & Argos, and was recently picked as one of two winners (from over 1000 worldwide entries) in a competition run by Brabantia. The aim was to design a pattern to be produced on Brabantia’s Retro Bin to be launched in 2013. Kate tells us that "Having Brabantia produce my design is an absolute dream come true!"

Kate gets her inspiration from vintage pottery and fabrics, books and also browsing blogs and pinterest. She tells us she is lucky to have a lot of creative friends too who keep her motivated.  She is also inspired by the work of designer Lucienne Day, artist Sarah Battle and also childrens writer & illustrator Lauren Child.

Emily Pickle Designs tea towels on yay retro! vintage china shop blog

The Emily Pickle designs are made up of collaged papers, which are cut out and stuck into place..."Lots of sticky tape gets used… it’s a bit chaotic but really good fun!" The designs are then digitally printed onto fabric to make her tea towel range.

The 1960's is Kate's favourite inspirational decade, and she collects J&G Meakin Studio pottery, especially the coffee pots. Her daughter is collecting the matching sugar bowls and milk jugs! The colours, patterns and shapes are what appeals to her and she is always on the lookout for more items for her collections...

emily pickle tea towels meets yay retro!

Kate says she wants everything in the yay retro! shop, even the wallpaper in the background of the photos! Top of her wish list are the J&G Meakin items :O)

We have paired Kate's wonderful Emily Pickle tea towel designs with coffee pots available in the yay retro! shop, what do you think?

You can buy Emily Pickle tea towels here, and visit her website here

Emily Pickle Brabantia Competition Winner

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