Bell Hutley X Alexandra Tolstoy Russian Folklore Collection
Bell Hutley X Alexandra Tolstoy Collection
The collection draws on Hutley's love of nature and ‘dark beauty’, and Tolstoy's love of her Russian heritage and adventures.
The collection is characterised by a deep and rich colour palette of greens, reds, creams, aqua and black. Pieces include printed linen tablecloths and napkins, enamel tumblers, along with round and hexagon-shaped placemats.
Traditional Russian textiles as catalogued by Susan Meller, and printed cloth, which mimics the work of Russian illustrator Ivan Bilibin, have played key roles in the collection’s inspiration. But nature always wins, and it's the bold and delicate flowers, originally hand-painted by Bell that really tells the story of the collection.
From a young age, Hutley has loved reading romantic, dark, gothic children’s books. It is this love and nostalgia for Brothers Grimms' stories, combined with Alexandra's passion for Slavic folklore, history and art that have laid the foundations of the collaboration.