So I’ve saved sharing one of my very favourite City of Culture 2013 fabrics designs until the end (almost). The name ‘Derry’ originates from ‘Doire’, which is celtic for Oak grove.
I enjoyed working on this pattern so much that it inspired multiple colourways, revolving around the idea of the seasons. On one hand you have neutral leaves against spring/summer green, and autumn/ winter red, along with an all neutral oatmeal coloured version. Or brightly multi coloured versions for Spring/Summer with green leaves and blue sky, or multi leaves against a pale background for autumn. Which do you like best? I couldn’t choose!
My inspiration for the oak leaves came mainly from carved details on the exterior of the Guildhall right at the heart of Derry/Londonderry. It’s a beautiful building covered in so many ornate designs of leaves significant to Derry’s cultural heritage, including Oak, thistle, rose and shamrocks. Derry’s pre-Christian culture even gets a reference in the form of the Green Man. There is so much detail and symbolism in the Guildhall that I could base a collection of designs off this building alone. Perhaps that’s a project for another time?
These fabrics are available to order online from fabric print specialists Spoonflower. Feel free to mix and match from the 2 collections-
Neutral colour way collection: www.spoonflower.com/collections/64189
Multi colour collection: www.spoonflower.com/collections/25134