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Inktober Roundup

In 2009 the rules were simple – make one drawing, in ink, for every day of October. Almost one decade later, what began as an exercise in positive drawing habits for creator and artist Jake Parker, has morphed into a global phenomenon with every-expanding ways to approach and interpret the Inktober challenge.

Prompts are provided each day, some are in a spooky spirit, such as “Spell” or “Drooling”, while others are more irreverent, like “Chicken”. Ultimately, the decision to use the prompts as inspiration is up to the Inktober participant, as is the medium, and how much color is used in the piece.

We’ve rounded up the Brintons Designers’ Inktober pieces and discussed how a daily creative challenge influences their work in the axminster world.

Designer Agnieszka Wojtal created primarily figurative work, utilizing contour lines to create movement within her subject’s luxurious hair. Similar line work can also be found in designer Sam Hoeffer’s Inktober pieces, referencing the line and hatch textures that often add dimension in carpet.

Terrien Hale, designer, did not shy away from color in her work, creating abstract landscapes that might be reworked into a gaming design.

When asked about the Inktober challenge, Kathryn 'Katie' Nehrbauer, designer, stated that drawing on a computer versus paper is always an adjustment, “At first it was a challenge since I've spent so many years drawing on a computer. Things you can easily do on a computer, like erase your work instantly, is not possible when you are drawing on paper with permanent ink. It took a little while for me to get comfortable, but after I few drawings I began to really enjoy it”.

Katie also found some similarities between working in ink and designing for carpet, “I think that with any artistic process, your mind runs on instinct. For me, I had textile design in the back of my mind the entire time. I found myself thinking, ‘Wow, this could be a great rug design’. I also noticed that I approached drawing in a similar way as designing carpet. We design carpet in layers that build upon each other to create a final look. I started each drawing with light marks to outline my basic shapes and then layered different size pens to create the detail and definition that I wanted.” Katie stuck with a black and white color palette, something that rare in carpet design, but found she became more and more comfortable with the limited scheme.

Inktober presents an opportunity for creatives to explore and expand their thinking – Brintons designers can’t wait until next year!

Studio Elke x Brintons COMPOSITE COLLECTION

We are excited to launch our debut collection with Studio Elke, a multi-disciplinary design studio led by founder and Creative Director, Elke Kramer.

Known for its unique jewellery and accessories, Studio Elke is an industry leader in the fashion and design worlds. The studio is respected for its emphasis on pushing the boundaries of originality and its exploration of unique materials, experimental fabrications and new forms. Studio Elke and Brintons have collaborated to translate Elke Kramer’s vision into a suite of customisable carpet designs – and the new venture is the Australian designer’s first ever carpet collection.

“I had written down a list of dream collaborations on a blank piece of paper many years ago, and a carpet collaboration was at the top of that list. When I was approached by Brintons, and invited to partake in their first Australian collaboration, I was thrilled at the opportunity,” she says.

Composite is a collection of wall-to-wall carpet designs that references Studio Elke’s decade-long archive of jewellery collections, translating Elke Kramer’s artistic and cutting-edge print designs into large-scale interior surfaces. The Composite Collection is formed of 10 designs: Sorceress and Sorcerer, Ceremonial, Keep Watch, Tassels, Existence, Arches, Musk and Jasper Nucleus, The Thunder Below, Charcoal and Concrete Brutalist, and Power of Symmetry. Unusual geometries, graphic patterns, and architecture-inspired shapes feature in the collection. The playful influence of materials such as terrazzo, concrete, marble, and mother of pearl are the designer’s trademark and have been cleverly woven into Composite. The collection skilfully marries Studio Elke’s striking materiality and textures, with Brintons’ timeless, premium woven Axminster carpet.

Brintons’ Composite Collection featured in the Collectionist Hotel in Sydney, Elke Kramer, Studio Elke’s founder and Creative Director, comments: “With Composite we started by deconstructing and reassembling different visual elements of the Studio Elke jewellery pieces, such as the pattern on a ring band, the texture of our marbled and terrazzo resins, and the colour palettes and metallic tones that run through the 10 years of jewellery collections we had in archive. The biggest challenge was scale – delicate items that could fit in the palm of your hand were being reimagined on entirely new grand scale. Being restricted to a 2D surface was another challenge, as we had to recreate the forms and 3D depth that we celebrate in jewellery design in a 2D flat context. Brintons really understood the energy of the Studio Elke brand, so we were able to work together seamlessly in translating the textures, patterns, colours and visual themes into carpeting repeats.”

Brintons triumphs at The Campaign for Wool Carpet & Rug Awards 2018

The Campaign for Wool Carpet & Rug Awards 2018

We are excited to announce that Brintons has triumphed at The Campaign for Wool Carpet & Rug Awards 2018, winning the prestigious Designer Collaboration of the Year award for Craigend Collection by Timorous Beasties​.

Brintons were also a finalist in the Commercial Woven Carpet Design Installation of the Year category for Victoria Palace Theatre.

The Campaign for Wool Carpet and Rugs Awards were created by the Campaign for Wool to celebrate quality, style and innovation in the wool and carpet industry. Now in its third year, the Awards event, held as part of The Flooring Show in Harrogate, North Yorkshire attracted over 100 entries from the flooring industry, each of which was judged by a panel of industry experts and editors from leading design publications on the basis of its technical, construction and design excellence and innovation and design.

Rolling out the red carpet as Meghan and Harry visit the Victoria Palace Theatre

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visited Victoria Palace Theatre this week and were photographed on Brintons carpet. The couple attended a special gala performance of the hit musical Hamilton to raise awareness of Prince Harry's charity, Sentebale, which supports the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV in southern Africa.

Brintons were selected to supply carpets throughout the Victoria Palace Theatre as part of its £50m refurbishment, bespoke Brintons carpets feature in the theatre’s auditoriums, foyers, salon, landings, lobbies, royal circle and basement rear stalls.

Jodie Hatton Creative Designer at Brintons worked closely with award-winning interior designer Clare Ferraby on the project says “Clare initially provided me with drawings of the patterns she wanted to use for the carpets and I took these and transformed them into carpet designs. From there we worked together to tweak the patterns and to choose colours. Clare had some great visions for the colours and we trialled some of the patterns in quite bright colourways, we weren’t constrained to traditional theatre carpet colours, which was exciting and experimental”.

For more information on our project showcase at Victoria Palace Theatre please click here

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All a Blur

Don’t adjust your glasses. Don’t run to your doctor for a new prescription. It’s not your eyes, these designs from the Brintons archive are just blurry.

We dove into the design library and delighted in the many patterns that had blurriness as a common thread and found, that while “blurry” could be used as a surface level description, the moods that blurriness can conjure in an environment are plentiful.

Blurry can be tranquil and soft, evocative of a foggy morning or a dream-like state.

More literally, a blurry design can distort the barriers between two distinct spaces, creating a setting where people move freely and experience the facets of an area more fully.

Our favorite discovery, perhaps, were the blurry patterns that expressed movement and dynamism. Think of the flash of a taxi rushing by you, or the thrill of a photo-finish. Or even Giacomo Balla’s Dog on a Leash, where his goal was to capture many moments of movement in one frame.

We’ve compiled the highlights of Brintons blurry designs and encourage you to take a look. Browse as slowly as you’d like; no matter what, it will all still be a blur.

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