Laura Ashley

Laura Ashley

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As a child Laura was taught to make and to love quilts by her Welsh Grandma. Twenty years later, while working as a secretary and raising her first two children, Laura undertook work for the Women’s Institute. Inspired by a display of Women’s Institute traditional handicrafts at the Victoria & Albert, Laura searched for fabric with Victorian Designs to make patchwork, and finding none, began to design her own.

Laura and her husband Bernard invested £10 in wood for a screen printing frame, dyes, and a few yards of linen. Laura designed headscarves, napkins, and table mats which Bernard printed on his home-made machine in the attic. Laura’s first batch of scarves went on sale in 1953, just when the movie Roman Holiday featured Audrey Hepburn wearing just such designs! Laura’s look went on to become the ‘must have’ style of the 1970’s, and became a brand recognised and respected worldwide.  Our ceramic, inspired by Laura’s first shop, in Powys, is painted on our Colman’s building by Christine, whose talent as a fashion illustrator brings these detailed windows to life. This is a Limited Painting of just 30 ceramics.

Painted by Carol Whaley (CAW) in 2010/14

H 210 x W95mm



Detail Name 1:
L104; L105