The Upperlands Collection
Our debut print collection is inspired by the magnificence of water and how instrumental it has been to us at William Clark over the last three centuries. Particularly focussing on the impact and life this vital element has brought to Upperlands, this collection explores how early pioneers of technology at Clark’s harnessed water to drive an industry and the natural life our temperate climate gives rise to.
Photography, drawing, painting and mark making brought together on fabric in bold patterns. Our designs and colour palettes have been created to invoke positive emotions and create striking spaces with a contemporary twist on traditional Irish linen.
What lies beneath. The power of the water wheels churned the water for centuries, and even with our new digital processes, reaction in water is still key to our processing. Agitation in washing is a pivotal part of producing our digitally printed linens. A painted canvas is the inspiration behind this turbulent print.
This energetic print is full of movement and details some of the engineering and planning that made the use of water power possible. Chanelling and harnessing the power of water around the factory showed real ingenuity from generations of the Clark family and heavily involved wheel power, to open the sluice gates and to power the beetling engines.
This textural print is inspired by the weather beaten walls of our currently abandoned art deco former head office. Water has helped build and nurture our business over the last three centuries, but the elements have also made their mark on our constructions around the factory site.
A bold design fusing painting and photography depicting flax blowing in the wind and in its harvested bundled form. The flax plant is not only the basis for linen yarn, but was instrumental in the growth of our business in the 18th century, and for all linen mills throughout the counties of Ireland.
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Colour can vary on natural base cloths between batches. We will always ensure any variances are within commercial tolerance.
Colour on computer monitors can vary greatly so we can not guarantee that colours shown here are truly representative of our fabrics. We strongly recommend visiting one of our selected stockists to view our pattern book.
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