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How to Create a Magical Christmas Table Setting

There is something wonderful about bringing out the same decorations for your Christmas tree every year. The joy at remembering how each one came to be part of the box. We feel the same about the way we decorate our tables for the various Christmas feasts. We love to see the familiar table linen and placemats. It is sweet how the whole family enjoys this, the children delighting in the traditions as much as the older generations. Start with the end in mind – that moment everyone you love is gathered together around the table. Why not begin some new…

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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…

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…

Sweetheart Card

Thornback & Peel ♥ Marby & Elm

Thornback & Peel ♥ Marby & Elm. We’re a match made in heaven: vintage letterpress printer meets traditional screen printer, marrying age-old techniques with a modern design aesthetic. So for Valentine’s Day we decided to get together and create a unique card: Thornback & Peel’s classic Jelly illustration letterpressed with Marby & Elm’s signature fluoro script. Ready to pop in an envelope, seal with a kiss and post to your sweetheart. “This collaboration was a great opportunity to bring together our hand crafted printing techniques,” says Marby & Elm founder, Eleanor Tattersfield. “In fact you’re getting a product that is doubly hand made: a screen printed illustration by Thornback &…


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…

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Blackbird & Bramble

The inspiration behind our new Blackbird & Bramble print – I particularly love this time of year when the seasons are in transition and the light is softer. There is so much to harvest in the slanting evening sunshine, the hedgerows laden with dark shiny treasure and the air still warm. We pick blackberries for puddings, balanced precariously on tip toe trying to get at the cluster of really big ripe ones just out of reach. The bowl gradually gets fuller but inevitably much of it is crammed into our mouths before it gets back to the kitchen. Hands stained, tummy full.