Image: Jessica Wyld
Earlier this year we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to collaborate with Perth based artist Megan Isabella to create a range of silk robes with fabric designed by Megan.
Below Megan shares her creative process and inspiration behind each design........
When I first discovered Jessica's gorgeous silk robes on Instagram, I felt I absolutely had to collaborate with her on a collection. Based in Sydney NSW, Jessica is the owner of Ivy & Matilda, a design brand offering luxury silk robes to the Australian bridal market.
I was thrilled when she agreed to the creative partnership. With a shared love of all things floral I knew we could create something really special. Inspired by the timeless, romantic mood of Ivy & Matilda's brand, I created 3 unique illustrations for the collaboration and produced the fabric prints in 2 colour ways, an ivory white and a pastel colour so that brides and bridesmaids could wear them as a set on a wedding morning.
I designed this with the Modern Australian bride in mind. With a growing interest in brides using Australian native flora in their wedding flowers I wanted to create a design that would fit in with this patriotic theme. I grew up in the South-West of Australia and spent a lot of time in the bush, so I included species that were special to me: Geraldton Wax, Kangaroo Paw, Eucalyptus, Wattle. We have so many beautiful plants in this place, it was nice to be able to use them in my work.
I remember first falling in love with the historical Impressionism art movement when it was introduced to our art class during my final year of high school. The following year, the Art Gallery of WA held a huge exhibition of Claude Monet's works called Monet & Japan. I was fascinated by his obsession with Japanese aesthetics and the beautiful garden he had built in response. I used this as inspiration for the second design which features illustrations of chrysanthemums & dancing butterflies arranged in a french chinoiserie style pattern. A blend of french and japanese influences.
With the chance to design floral silk, how could I possibly resist making a print with my absolute favorite flower? This design is as feminine as it gets, with big fluffy peonies, soft feathers and some sweet smelling freesias thrown in for good measure. This was a pleasure to create from start to finish.
Me, digital painting with my Wacom tablet. Image: Jessica Wyld
The project took a good 6-8 months or more to pull together. I created all of the original designs, first by hand as sketches and then recreated on the computer with design software. Once the first drafts were ready, Jessica had sample silks printed to test the scale and colours. I reworked the designs and this back and forth continued until we finally had a beautiful range which then shot on location at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia.
We are both thrilled with how it turned out and we hope you get as much joy from these robes as we did creating them for you.
Robe Shoot: Ivy & Matilda x Megan Isabella.
Photography: AB Andres Brito @ab_andresbrito | MUA: Natalia Michail @natmichailmua | Model: Hannah Muggers @hannahmuggers