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Who are Thorody?

We are Vicky Putler and Theo Sykes and we launched our first collection as Thorody in 2012. Originally painters (Vicky studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and Theo at East London) we decided to follow our mutual love of pattern and apply our talents to printed textiles. 

Thorody’s style:

Over the last 3 years we have developed a unique and distinctive abstract style. Perhaps because we are painters, we print with the closest thing to paint, ie. pigment. Thorody’s style is characterized by the use of short, hand drawn lines. This short line has proved to have many wonderful aesthetic qualities which we have only begun to explore. It also reduces the pigment load on the fabric...we want our fabric to feel as good as it looks.

Our hand drawn designs reflect a love of early modernism infused with a hint of the urban environment. Our unique style distils visual elements of the city and is best described as ‘rustic Modernism’.

Our client list includes: JR DESIGN, Waldo Works, Terry Design, Retrouvius and Violet and George. 

In 2014 Thorody were selected for DISCOVER: The Heal’s Modern Craft Market. In 2013 they were shortlisted for the COADG bursary and in 2011 Thorody took part in the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme. 

 

Our manifesto:

-We aim to produce beautiful designs that will last way beyond any seasons or trends. 

-We believe in using the highest quality materials.

-Thorody fabric is printed with eco friendly water-based pigments on natural linen, which is stronger, softer and more environmentally friendly than other fabrics.

-We are committed to using traditional techniques and working in a sustainable way.

-Thorody fabrics are traditionally screen-printed by hand in London and Plymouth.

-Our wallpaper is printed in Leicestershire by a factory that have been printing wallpaper for over 100 years.

-All sewing production is undertaken in South West England.

For us there is a difference between traceable AND UNTRACEABLE flax, WE DO NOT USE linen bought in the UK but woven in the Far East from untraceable flax, using unsustainable methods. WE TAKE GREAT CARE IN Sourcing our linenS AND knowing the mills where they come from has been very important to us. It was wonderful to visit the Belgian mill and be able to see every stage of the process with the fields of flax all about the area. We do not pay lip service to the issues of sustainability and the environment; we try really hard the walk the walk too. We want people to understand the difference.