About Clovelly Silk
Ann Jarvis has a background steeped in classic design. For ten years she was head of the design studio at Liberty of London Prints. During this time she worked on classics from the Liberty archive, designing and colouring prints for dress and furnishing ranges.
Ann has worked on designs for and in collaboration with many famous names such as Jaeger, Cacharel
and Collier Campbell, she was commissioned to create limited edition designs for The Royal Academy Of Art, The Order Of St. John, The British Horse Society and English Heritage, Ann was also a
consultant to Tie Rack.
Bill Jarvis is an illustrator and printer. He oversees the technical side of the silk-screen printing process. As the once great silk screen printing industry in Britain gradually disappears, Bill is keen to preserve and explore traditional printing techniques.
Bill's illustrative background remains invaluable, often creating the initial drawings for some patterns, which are later stylised to create new designs.
Ellie Jarvis studied Textile Design at Central Saint Martins. She now lectures in Art and Design and her work as a textile artist and public speaker has seen her appear in numerous television shows and print.
How we got here
In 1985 Ann and Bill Jarvis moved to North Devon from the bright lights of London. Creating a pretty little studio and print workshop at their cottage.
Much time was spent travelling to
meetings in order to consult and discuss matters which are today dealt with simply via the internet and it wasn't uncommon for clients to have to negotiate their way along the narrow country lanes in search of their beautiful cottage.
The studio needed to be somewhere more accessible and Clovelly provided the perfect location. In 1995 Ann Jarvis Designs moved to a bright and spacious barn conversion, tucked away on the side of a cliff, in the famous fishing village of Clovelly.
The move enabled visitors to watch the silk screen printing process and marked the start of selling scarves, fabric and accessories directly to the public.
It was also the beginning of falling in love with a village so uniquely beautiful, that it has inspired many ranges and endless designs.
Today, the Clovelly Silk workshop is open to visitors throughout the year, offering craft courses, a range of stunning silks, accessories, furnishing fabric as well as a broad selection of textiles from around the world.