The Sticker Shop
I Am A Plastic Bag Tote
I Am A Plastic Bag
The Neeson Clutch
The Bespoke Latimer
The Walton Collection
Gifts For Him
The art of ropework has always had a personal resonance for Anya, if you look closely our bow logo is actually a knotted piece of rope. The Summer 2020 collection is an exploration of the history and craft of rope making and knot work, particularly how ropework became a source of artistry during long voyages when sailors used rope to create toys, lucky charms and complex decorative knotwork.
The new Trivet tote takes 13 hours and 34 metres of rope to create. Each piece is hand-shaped and stitched before being assembled.
We chose the Victorian Ropery at Chatham Historic Dockyard for the location of our campaign shoot, the last traditional working ropewalk in the world and the only original Royal Navy ropeyard to remain in operation.
Rope has been made at the ropery for over 400 years and has been used to rig some of the world’s mightiest ships. The rope walk itself is an awe-inspiring quarter-mile long space to enable the production of 220-meter long ropes, enough to anchor a ship in 40 fathoms of water.
With the ancient Egyptians being the first civilisation to develop tools for constructing ropes in 4000BC, the rich history of rope and knots made by man predate famed technologies such as the wheel and axe. As trade by sailing vessels escalated in medieval Europe, so did the demand for rope, and as ships grew in size, the necessity for longer and sturdier rope became essential. During long voyages, sailors translated their rope knotting skills into artistry by creating toys, lucky charms and complex decorative knotwork. Influenced by its beautiful versatility, from lifesaving equipment and rigging to intricate children’s toys, each bag and accessory inventively channels ropes innate strength and durability.
While researching the collection we were hugely inspired by the work of Des Pawson, one of the world’s leading authorities on rope and sailor’s knots. His home by-appointment museum is a wonderland of interesting objects and the largest display on the subject in the country. It’s also soon to be relocated to the Chatham Historic Dockyard.