Introducing Duncan Neil, Creative Director
Duncan has been working in the UK textile industry for over 15 years since graduating in 2004 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design with a degree in Printed Textile Design. Graphic design had always been Duncan’s intention until at Art College he picked up a silk screen and squeedgee and fell in love with textile printing. With a career spanning design, education, fashion, interiors and production Duncan has designed for companies such as Betty Jackson and Marc Jacobs and produced fabrics for the likes of Andrew Martin, GP & J Baker, Matthew Williamson, Ralph Lauren Home, Romo and Vivienne Westwood.
Duncan joined William Clark in 2016 allowing this vision to grow combined with generations of skill built up here in Upperlands. The Upperlands Collection is our debut print range and features seven designs all inspired by our heritage of linen production working in conjunction with our local environment.
‘Flax Fields’ inspired by the crop harvested for linen, ‘Torrent’ celebrating the introduction of hydro power and the growth in our business this natural force allowed, ‘Faded Grandeur’ showing how nature has reclaimed some of our disused buildings and ‘Osmosis’ depicting the chemical reactions in water that are still so important in our processing – all the designs in this collection are personal to us and our work over the centuries here at William Clark.
Our designs have been beautifully crafted to become evocative and are inspired by the wonder of nature. Our designs have received critical acclaim and we’ve been fortunate enough to have been awarded a variety of international design awards and accolades.
Awards won: Morpholio Board Product of the year 2018, Best Fabric 2017 BDNY, Nominated for Irish Made award by Irish Country Magazine, Shortlisted for the German Design Award 2018