Unveiled in Country Baskets stores nationwide this month, the new Julie Dodsworth range is designed exclusively for Country Baskets and the first range will include 40 variants of silk flowers, ribbon, cellophane and decorative aggregates, all inspired by Julie’s Yorkshire roots and time spent aboard her beloved boat, Calamity Jane.
Considered as the region’s answer to Emma Bridgewater, Julie’s vintage and folky design style has developed since she taught herself the unique art of canal painting after purchasing her own narrow boat following the growth of the family’s plant display business.
After a suggestion from her daughter that her narrowboat designs and patterns would look great on homeware, Julie set out to make her dream a reality.
Julie, who is based in York, has since gone on to design and collaborate with distinguished brands such as Barbour and Wax Lyrical and her products are now stocked in a wide range of stores including Harrods, Selfridges, John Lewis and Lakeland.
The Country Baskets Julie Dodsworth Collection includes beautifully unique designs such as Swiss Cottage, Fairy-tale and Midsummer Ball.
Venessa Hodgson, Country Baskets’ marketing manager, said:
“We are incredibly excited for the in-store arrival of Julie’s beautiful, bespoke designs. Julie has been the perfect partner for Country Baskets, as we were looking to introduce a beautiful selection of vintage ribbons and flowers that are completely unique to our customers.
” We’re also eagerly awaiting Julie’s second collection, set to launch later in the year, which will include home décor products such as vintage-inspired rocking horses, beautiful bird houses and handmade hanging hearts – all incorporating Julie’s designs.”
“My partnership with Country Baskets has been inspirational for me, as my designs fit effortlessly with their floral products and accessories.
“I’m thrilled to be embracing my Yorkshire roots and working in partnership with such a successful Leeds-based brand like Country Baskets.
“I’m really looking forward to showcasing the range and hearing feedback from their loyal customers.”