Kerry Stokes and Richard Bush are based in Sussex in the south of England, where they have lived ever since graduating together from art school in the 80's.
Kerry is the woven textiles designer at Chalk. She has had a varied and interesting career working for companies from Japan to New York to Europe, designing among other things, men’s shirtings, airline fabrics, wall coverings and upholstery fabrics. She has been a visiting tutor at Central St. Martin’s and Brighton University for many years.
Richard, who studied Ceramics at Farnham, has owned an interiors business, and has also represented weave designers in New York and Europe.
Kerry and Richard join forces to draw on their design and business expertise and set up ‘Chalk’ in 2013, so that they could offer a complete product and be in control of all aspects of production. The company offers contemporary, smart, woven products, and they are designed and woven in the UK. Kerry designs the fabric in her studio, the designs are then sent to a traditional woollen mill in Wales to be woven. The throws are blanket stitched at the mill and the cushions are made up in Sussex.
Kerry says she is particularly inspired by the natural world meeting the man-made, and you can see the influence of the colours and shape of the Sussex countryside in her designs. We showcase four designs in different subtle but versatile colour ways, which will cleverly work with both grey and brown shades of sofas: Beacon, Fern, Reed and Squircle.
Beacon is inspired by formal gardens and architectural plants, Fern and Reed by the undulating Sussex Downs and sea. Squircle has a more retro feel, reminiscent of traditional British seaside beach-huts. And all designs will work as well in a contemporary interior as in a more classic one!