Cocoon Home is an interior textile brand that collaborates with British artists. With its ethos rooted in supporting British talent, Cocoon Home has collaborated with six designers from a range of disciplines – from illustration and wood engraving to street art and lino cuts – who each receive a royalty for every meter of their fabric sold.
Cocoon Home launched at Decorex International last year with ten original textiles. This year, six new fabrics will be launched in September, welcoming linocut artists, Caroline Conway, to the family.
“Artists often don’t get public recognition or any long-term benefit when their work is bought by fabric companies. I want to change this culture as well as bring great new design into the home” says Angel Constantinou, owner of Cocoon Home
“Several years into making soft furnishings for clients, I realized there was a gap in the market for distinctive designs that still retained the approachability of the best selling textiles”, says Angela. “We give the artists a lot of creative control, putting trust in their imagination and acting merely as a guide, with incredible results.”
Angela hopes that Cocoon Home will also help to market the work of the designers outside of the brand, using the company as an additional springboard to gain more recognition in their field.
“It’s important that Cocoon Home maintains a relationship with the collaborators after their designs have been finalized. It shows deep gratitude. Without them, the company wouldn’t exist ” Angela insists.
The fabric is printed digitally in Lancashire, using a cotton-linen mix or cotton satin. Conscious of the environmental impact, the fabric will be printed on demand to minimize this. The bespoke colouring is available (for a fee) and samples available on request.
Cocoon Home will be back at stand G22a at Decorex International in September 2018.
Kristyna Baczynski is an award-winning illustrator, comic book artist, and designer with a global following. She has won the Northern Design Award, Northern Sequential Art Competition, has had her works nominated twice for the British Comic Awards, and her comic ‘Hand Me Down’ was nominated for Best Short at the 2016 Eisner Awards. Her work has had press features in The Guardian, Digital Arts and Forbidden Planet (to name a few). As well as (selected) clients that include the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Metro, Etsy, and Chipotle, Kristynasells her comics, prints, and zines on her popular Etsy shop.
India is a graduate of the prestigious Leeds College of Art. Scouted by Angela on Instagram, India produces intricate wood carvings, focusing her style on folklore and cultural practices and celebrations, such as the masquerade.
India’s designs are not only beautiful but straddle both the adult and children’s market. With their mythical qualities and story-tell feel, Cocoon Home is extremely excited to champion a new and talented designer. India is designing two new fabrics to launch in September 2018.
Cally is an art teacher by day and linocut artist by night. She is obsessive when it comes to the natural world, spending a lot of her spare time in Kew Gardens sketching. Her prints are inspired by the great outdoors as well as folklore. The essence of her work focuses on the beauty of nature and its place in our world.
Cally is designing two textiles for Cocoon Home to launch in September 2018 at Decorex International. These are still work in process and will be revealed soon.
Megan is a versatile artist known on the scene as Stedhead. An illustration graduate of Glyndwr University, Megan returned to her home the Isle of Man after university to develop her art. In September 2014, she moved to London and has since exhibited at the ICA with artist and DJ, Goldie, alongside Jamie Reid and Mau Mau at Eddie Locks The Lock Up exhibition, at Juno in Shoreditch, at the Portobello Film Festival and the D&AD awards at the Truman Brewery. She has been part of an East End all-female art collective and has painted many large artworks for various events and produced art for public spaces and for cafes, restaurants and shops around Britain and abroad. Megan is also a resident tattooist at Velvet Underground in London, where you can get yourself inked with her signature style, or commission something entirely new for your body.
Nancy is already an established textile designer, award-winning lifestyle blogger and copywriter. Established in 2013, Nancy produces beautiful textiles and home products. Her designs focus on combining classic sophistication with uncompromising attention to detail. Nancy is inspired by the motifs seen in Scandinavian and 1950s textiles and her creations are simple, refreshing and contemporary. Nancy’s range for Cocoon Home draws on abstract designs of the 1920s and 1930s.
Izzy is a Leeds College of Art alumni who was discovered on Instagram. She specializes in linocut and is a regular on the craft fair scene, selling her hand pressed prints. Her work is inspired by mythology, storytelling and being at one with nature. Izzy has an excellent eye for colour and her work uses a rich colour palette that will transform any interior into a place that feels very special. Izzy has designed two new textiles for Cocoon Home to be released in September 2018.
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