Delia and Juliet of Thornback & Peel
Juliet and Delia, (Thornback & Peel) were introduced in 2003 when a mutual friend realized they shared an aesthetic - both are drawn to the artistic traditions of the nineteenth century, botanical drawings and Beatrix Potter. Both feel a fondness for British eccentricity and the quirks in our traditions.
Previously a florist and a theatre set designer, they teamed up to form Thornback and Peel where they produce beautifully detailed, hand printed homewares which exude the charm of the past and the humour of the present. We love the glorious towering jellies, the handsome pineapples and the perfect peach pig snuffling at the mushrooms. We love their sardine tin print so much which we used it in our Nautical Week flat lay last Summer.
And the shared aesthetic continues through to their personal style – both Delia and Juliet are fans of our sandals and rumour has it between them they own over 10 pairs!
IS IT TRUE THAT BETWEEN YOU YOU OWN OVER 10 PAIRS OF SALT-WATER ORIGINALS?
Almost! Between us and the T&P team we could probably stock a small shop.
WHERE DO YOU FIND THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR PRINTS?
We are both drawn towards the aesthetics of natural history and have always loved the intricate draftsmanship of Victorian animal engravings. Quite a few of our designs are inspired by the books or nursery rhymes we have read to our children, Cow & Buttercup comes from a line in Ring, Ring o Roses and of course Rabbit & Cabbage is greatly influenced by Beatrix Potter.
DO YOU HAVE A PRIZED POSSESSION?
Juliet – I have two, my Wedgwood Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Mug by Eric Ravilious and a ceramic banana by Katharine Morelling.
Delia – My George Nelson Bubble lamp
WHAT ARE YOU READING/WATCHING AT THE MOMENT?
Delia – I'm reading The Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante
Juliet – I'm watching War & Peace
YOU CLEARLY LOVE ALL THINGS BRITISH - WHERE ARE YOUR TOP THREE PLACES TO VISIT OR THINGS TO DO IN THE UK?
1. Boogie Boarding in Woolacombe Bay, North Devon
2. The Tate Modern & London's Southbank
3. Raking for Cockle in Barra, Outer Hebrides
WE LOVED YOUR COLLABORATION WITH SOFA.COM - WHAT OTHER EXCITING PLANS HAVE YOU GOT IN THE PIPELINE?
We’ve got a lovely collaboration launching this year with Fortnum & Mason which draws on Delia’s love of beekeeping and the iconic Fortnum & Mason beehives which they keep on their store roof in Piccadilly.
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT?
T&P is 10 years old this year and Delia & I and still remain great friends!
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT SUNDAY
Packing up the deckchairs, buckets & spades and heading off to the coast for a day at the beach.
DO YOU RUN ANY SCREEN PRINTING WORKSHOPS - WE'D LOVE TO HAVE A GO!
We do a couple of screen printing taster courses throughout the year. We will be holding our next one in June at our Rugby Street shop where you can screen print a royal Corgi onto a handkerchief in honour of the Queen’s 90th.
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