As the festive season beckons, The New Craftsmen will be bringing you Little Tales of Great Beauty; a deep exploration of the stories and inspirations behind our Makers and their new collections, to reveal and celebrate the innate beauty of their work.
Over the next few weeks, The New Craftsmen has invited makers to bring each tale to life through literary quotes, poetry and prose. Each collection will be paired with an evocative quote selected by the makers; bringing both object and words together to tell a tale of great beauty.
Tale Two: Warmth
As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, we seek warmth and comfort from our new collection of winter textiles including handwoven alpaca and hemp throws from Catarina Riccabona; soft, cashmere blankets woven in the Scottish mill of Begg x Co and cushions from The Good Shepherd and Hollie Ward made from 100% British wool.
Emily Watts from The Good Shepherd looks to the poetry of Dylan Thomas for inspiration for her highly tactile pieces. His poem, 'A Winter Tale', encapsulates the overwhelming changes in both mind and environment brought on by the harsh weather.
It is a winter’s tale
And the stars falling cold,
That the snow blind twilight ferries over the lakes
And floating fields from the farm in the cup of the vales,
Gliding windless through the hand folded flakes,
The pale breath of cattle at the stealthy sail,
And the smell of hay in the snow, and the far owl
Warning among the folds, and the frozen hold
Flocked with the sheep white smoke of the farm house cowl
In the river wended vales where the tale was told..
A Winter's Tale, Dylan Thomas (1945)
Explore our new collection of winter textiles below.