Anna’s new exotic ‘Flamenco’ range of homewares, textiles and ceramics is one of her brightest ever. But where do her ideas come from? And how do those first scraps of inspiration evolve into a new range of over fifty different homeware products? Here’s Anna’s story:
“I was visiting Madrid late last year to show my husband the sights of two of my favourite cities, Toledo and Segovia. Our hotel was full of character and very Spanish. On the walls were old Feria de Sevilla posters from years gone by, full of gorgeous Spanish flamenco dancers in colourful costumes.
Just around the corner from the hotel was a shop selling flamenco dresses, earrings and accessories, a cave of vibrant colour.
Inspiration is around every corner in Spain.
My husband Michael and I set off on a walk across Spain, soaking up the inspiration, the culture, history, Architecture and of course the Spanish food.
We were impressed by the strength of the Spanish culture. Unlike other parts of the world, Spain is still uniquely Spanish, proud of it’s identity and seemingly immune to the worst of the modern world. Fast food is nowhere to be seen. Three generations sit together each evening in the town square, enjoying life.
In some parts of rural Spain, nothing seems to have changed for hundreds of years. I loved that.
When I got back to Perth, the patterns of the Spanish shawls were still swirling in my head. That’s when I sat down in my studio and started distilling what I had seen and turning it into a tablecloth design.
I always bounce new design ideas off my wonderful manager, Mirna. She has been a part of our team at ACD for over twenty years and has a sixth sense for what our customers will like. I knew from Mirna’s reaction that I should create more products for the homewares range”.
Anna’s new ‘Flamenco’ range now includes a stunning floral velvet throw and cushions, vibrant beach towel, colourful velvet purses and bags, unique fold-up shopping bags, exotic table runner, matching mugs, plates and placemats, with more products to come. The whole ‘Flamenco’ range will be in store by the end of March. A complimentary range to ‘Flamenco’ is the new ‘Pink Embroidery’ range.