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'Arctic Adventure' for Lewis and Irene

I always get excited to make a collection announcement and this one is no exception. I am over the moon to announce my sixth fabric collection 'Arctic Adventure' for Lewis and Irene will be available mid September 2023. Inspired by cute arctic foxes, cheeky snow hares, playful narwhals, graceful snowy owls, frisky seals and handsome polar bears, this one is a lot of FUN!

Arctic Adventure by Cassandra Connolly for Lewis and Irene

Each fabric design in this collection represents a part of the poem I wrote to encapsulate the range. Cliché as it sounds, this was actually based on a dream I had, so it feels very personal to share it. I hope you enjoy the journey with me.

Catch hold of the shooting star,

Grip tightly to its tail.

Fly over sea’s wide and vast,

Stay on the true North trail.

Don’t stumble over mountain peaks,

Or get misguided by the moon.

Don’t get confused by the smaller stars;

Blindly sparkling and strewn.

Fix your eyes upon the brightest star,

The beacon of the night,

Until you reach the land of ice,

Filled with wonders to delight.

A place where magic lights glitter,

And frost glistens on the air.

Colours dance across the sky,

Shifting beams rippling beyond compare.

Fly past the snowy owl,

In graceful flight so swift.

Soaring over wild lands,

As animals move below in the drift.

Hiding under mounds of snow,

See the snow hares play.

Teasing arctic foxes,

then skipping nimbly away.

In frosted sprigs the white bear sits,

worshipping light and star.

Watching as they twinkle,

So vast and very far.

Let the gentle wind take you,

Beyond the frozen sea.

Where seals leap from sight,

and narwhals splash around in glee.

Here is the true north,

A land of myth and ice.

You journeyed here on star dust,

To the dreamers paradise.

Arctic Adventure by Cassandra Connolly for Lewis and Irene

This collection is the first time I've used pearlescent in designing and while it was a lot of extra work, it was completely worth it. The final results are stunning. For anyone who doesn't know what pearlescent is, it's where you can select elements of a motif or parts of a design and apply a shimmering effect reminiscent of pearls. It is a bit like gilding but with a pearl effect rather than a gold or silver foil. The elements are quite tricky to capture properly on camera, but look beautiful in real life. I can't wait for you to see these, they really have surpassed all expectations.

Arctic Adventure by Cassandra Connolly for Lewis and Irene

You can find ‘Arctic Adventure’ in all good fabric shops from September 2023. For a sneak preview of the full collection just click HERE.

Arctic Adventure by Cassandra Connolly for Lewis and Irene


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