In June 2012 I designed a collection of compacts for the long-established brand, Stratton. Unfortunately Stratton experienced wider difficulties and was sold not long after the collection was released. Although these compacts are no longer produced I was delighted with the designs, so sharing my post on the collection here. If you're a collector with one of these compacts you may have a future rarity!
At last! We've had delivery of the first run of William Morris powder compacts, that I specially designed for Stratton. Two designs have arrived from the complete Stratton Heritage collection I created back in June.
Pimpernel is a gilt-plated compact, framing a sample of British-made William Morris "Pimpernel" cotton. Morris designed Pimpernel in 1876. Here the design is reproduced in blues and creams. The cotton is protectively coated, then hand-cut and mounted on a padded base within the compact lid. It is very tactile, and creates a wonderfully opulent, Art Nouveau style compact.
William Morris designed Compton in 1896 as a commission for Compton Hall, Wolverhampton. Again, the British-made cotton is protectively coated, then hand-cut and mounted on a padded base within the compact lid. The swirling florals give this compact a beautiful Arts and Crafts feel.
Stratton itself was established in 1860, and has made exceptional powder compacts since 1923. I wanted my Heritage Collection to be a celebration of this fine tradition, combining heritage techniques, hand-finishing and English design.
Each piece in collection frames a hand-cut sample of William Morris cotton. This is made by a family textile manufacturer in Yorkshire, England, and they have reproduced the prints of designer, William Morris beautifully. The compacts are made in brass using Stratton's 100 year-old techniques. The Compton and Pimpernal cases are gilt-plated, then double lacquered for a high-gloss finish.
Compton and Pimpernel are now available to buy in my shop. We've currently only 12 of each design, so do order soon if you plan to treat someone this Christmas!