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Design Inspiration: Cherry

This quintessential summer fruit has always been a favourite.    There is something so deliciously tempting about their plump, juicy redness you can’t help but eat the whole bowl. Cherries are an iconic image, and have long been used in everything from fashion and beauty to pop art. Hockney, Warhol and Lichtenstein have all fallen for these sweet, summer treats. So designing the new Cherry print for our range of homewares and accessories has been a particularly delicious project. We spent a long time mixing inks to get the exact shade of luscious red for the cherries and a lighter pink for the fill behind the leaves. We’ve designed this nostalgic…

Design Inspiration: Pigeon & Jelly

Our best-loved Pigeon illustration has been around almost as long as Thornback & Peel. One of our original designs, it has adorned everything from deckchairs and wallpaper to a limited edition screen print, perched on top of a bowler hat.   Over the years, Mr Pigeon has become something of a signature for Thornback & Peel, and featured on our business logo and shop sign. With his proudly puffed-up chest and slightly haughty appearance he has become a firm favourite with customers over the years. In 2013, when we ran a competition to name him, we were flooded with entries. The winning name was Dickin, after the medal awarded…

Chicken & Carnation

Design Inspiration: Chicken & Carnation

Proud as a mother hen and bursting with fresh spring colours, we are delighted to introduce the latest print to emerge from our London design studio. Chicken & Carnation is a beautiful three-colour illustration featuring a proud hen strutting amongst a bed of pink and yellow carnations. As a child growing up in Norfolk, my family kept hens and I loved their quirky movement and proud characters. We’ve been hoping to add a Chicken to our collection of prints for a while. We paired the feathery bird with frilly carnations in yellow and pink – and it was love at first sight! We…

Rabbit & Cabbage kitchen textiles

All Creatures Great & Small

Rabbit & Cabbage was one of the first prints we designed.  We launched it on a deckchair in 2006.  It has remained one of our all-time best-sellers.  Over the years we have tweaked the design a little, but the deckchair remains true to the original. Inspired by tales of Peter Rabbit and the Flopsy Bunnies running amok in Mr McGregor’s garden, the design is filled with nostalgic references to our childhoods. The chocolatey brown and vivid green of the vegetable patch, the lazy buzzing of insects on a summer’s afternoon, and the secret delights of the English country garden.     Like all…

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10 Years

Hip hip hooray, it’s our 10th birthday! 2016 marks 10 years of Thornback & Peel! It’s been a fantastic adventure that’s seen us launch many new collections and products, open our first shop and collaborate with a whole host of exciting brands. So, with a large bowl of Jelly & Cake in hand, join us in celebrating some of our highlights from the past 10 years. Moving into our first studio In the very early days, we simply rented table space at Cockpit Arts, Deptford which allowed us to test and sample loads of products while still retaining our day jobs. But by 2006 we were ready to take…

Q&A: Ruth Tomlinson, Fine Jeweller

Internationally renowned fine jeweller Ruth Tomlinson works just along the corridor from us at Cockpit Arts. We love looking at her beautiful collections. The rough cut pieces and settings are more organic than conventional jewellery, creating a sense of history and buried treasure. There is a lot to covet.