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Anna-Lisa Smith

Simple, striking contemporary textiles for the home.

Anna-Lisa Smith runs her contemporary textile design studio from the mill town of Marsden in West Yorkshire, surrounded by the mills and canals which have formed the heart of England’s wool weaving industry for hundreds of years.

“My influences are extremely varied and I can be inspired by so many different things. For example, my Deco collection was based on a tiled floor at the V&A and my Porto collection inspired by a pinwheel quilt. I generally start with a more complicated design and then pare it back until there’s a magic moment when it’s simplified to a kind of ‘essence’. That moment is quite difficult to describe, the fine line where a design goes from not working to working – it’s magical!”

♥ Discover more about Anna-Lisa Smith in the Fabric of the North post: The architectural structure of weaving.

Marsden, West Yorkshire