The collaboration blossomed from shared values uniting Christopher Farr Cloth and the Fogo Island team, under the guidance of Zita Cobb, the visionary founder of Shorefast, the overarching charity for Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island Workshops, and Fogo Island Fish. These designs embody a profound respect for Newfoundland’s cultural tapestry and history, underscored by an unwavering commitment to sustainability and community well-being.
Christopher Farr Cloth has artfully reimagined, with the guidance of Ernst Hupel, Design Strategist at Fogo Island Workshops, four original designs, initially conceived to adorn the walls of the Fogo Island Inn, into a mesmerising new collection. Titled “Make Fish,” “Island Atmosphere,” “Set the Scene,” and “We Sailed Away,” these designs encapsulate the spirit of Fogo Island’s rich heritage and its awe-inspiring landscapes.
This collection pays homage to the historical significance of wallpaper in Newfoundland. Originally employed to ward off the chill in uninsulated homes, wallpaper evolved into a cultural emblem and a source of comfort. Christopher Farr Cloth reverently nods to this tradition, seamlessly blending it with contemporary flair in collaboration with Fogo Island Workshops.
sland Atmosphere is a design by Nick Herder that masterfully captures the ever-changing and enchanting light of Fogo Island’s weather. This unique piece reflects the diverse atmospheric conditions that paint the island’s landscape with a mesmerizing palette. Nick’s creation brings to life the dynamic interplay of light, showcasing the island’s atmospheric nuances. From the soft glow of dawn to the vibrant hues of sunset, “Island Atmosphere” invites you to experience the magic of Fogo Island’s weather in a captivating tapestry of colour and mood.
Make Fish is a heartfelt tribute to the noble cod that has been a sustaining force for generations of Newfoundlanders. This captivating design is brought to life by Nick Herder, one of the original architects of Fogo Island Inn. Make Fish embodies the deep connection between the island’s inhabitants and the essential role played by the cod in their lives. With intricate details and a touch of artistic reverence, Nick Herder’s design pays homage to the cultural and historical significance of this noble creature. Join us in celebrating the enduring legacy of the cod through this beautifully crafted piece.
Donna Wilson’s artistic interpretation breathes life into traditional motifs, beautifully weaving together the essence of Fogo Island’s unique cultural tapestry. Through scenes reminiscent of Toile de Jouy, this design invites you to immerse yourself in the captivating stories and heritage of Fogo Island, creating a harmonious fusion of classic elegance and Newfoundland’s coastal charm.
Set the Scene is Donna Wilson’s rendition of the timeless French fabric Toile de Jouy, a piece that vividly captures scenes from Fogo Island. This design serves as a visual narrative, offering glimpses into the rich heritage of Fogo Island’s outport Newfoundland community.
We Sailed Away as a fabric is a nautical odyssey by Donna Wilson. The design beckons you to immerse yourself in a visual voyage, awakening a deep sense of boundless exploration and awe for the natural wonders inspired by Fogo Island’s coastal landscapes.
We Sailed Away is an original design crafted by British textiles artist Donna Wilson. Conceived during her residency on Fogo Island, this wallpaper artfully captures the vast expanse of sea and horizon, offering glimpses of migrating whales. The design evokes a profound sense of boundless exploration and natural wonder, inviting you to embark on a visual journey inspired by the unique beauty of Fogo Island’s maritime landscapes.
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