Hampshire Cultural Trust – which looks after more than 20 museums and art centres across the county – is leading a new cultural initiative commissioning creatives to create textile designs inspired by the history of the surrounding area.
The Arts Council-funded Creative Commercial Collections project sees institutions such as Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton and the National Motor Museum Trust at Beaulieu collaborate with creatives including Timorous Beasties to create different textile designs.
Other creatives involved in the initiative include Simon Harmer, Claire Gaudion, Tori McLean and Mariska Parent.
Designs created so far have been inspired by the National Motor Museum’s land speed record-breaking Golden Arrow racecar, the well, bakehouse and kitchen in Jane Austen’s House Museum, and the sails of Bursledon Windmill.
Hampshire Cultural Trust is now looking to license the designs to commercial partners, with the aim of bringing them to life as furnishing fabrics, cushions, kitchen textiles, wallpapers and stationery.