This week’s round up of brands awarded with our Blue Butterfly
Founded in 2007 by Karen Spurgin, AO Textiles creates innovative textiles and is committed to tradition and craftsmanship. A textile designer of over 20 years experience, Karen has a wide portfolio of high profile clients, working across fashion, interiors, stage and screen. She has also been a tutor at the Royal College of Art for 10 years. In 2006, in partnership with Aveda and working with designer Deborah Milner, Karen was textile consultant on the groundbreaking ecouture collection of evening dresses.
Indigoelephant is a small creative business based in Hampshire making handprinted wrapping paper, original prints, gift tags and cards. All of their designs are conceived and printed by Julia Brooks, a painter, who combines her love of designing and sense of humour to create unique, different and eye-catching products.
Kristjana creates fantastical compositions out of original source material, mostly 19th century engravings, and by way of collage and colouring creates new landscapes and creatures even more exotic than the illustrated flora and fauna she references. The Icelandic artist has worked with the Wilderness Festival, Liberty, and the V&A.
Matthew’s approach to design is to look for the solution to a problem. He brings engineering skills into his work. Wood is all responsibly sourced, and its furniture is built by hand in the UK.
Established in 2011, Taunina makes exquisite one-of-a-kind handmade collectable soft toys. Each one is a timeless work of art and unique – made by Taunina’s talented artists who embroider and appliqué their magical dreamscapes. The name Taunina combines the African word ‘tau’, meaning ‘lion’, with NINA, an acronym for ‘No Income, No Assets’. Taunina artists share in the profits generated by the business, giving those who were once without income and assets the opportunity to become lions of their own destiny.