DEREK JARMAN’S COTTAGE INSPIRES NEW TWEED COLLECTION BY ROMNEY TWEED
Prospect Cottage, the former home of world-renowned English film director, the late Derek Jarman, is the inspiration behind the new Romney Tweed Prospect Collection. This remote, distinctive black tarred cottage in Dungeness, Kent, with its bright yellow window and door frames has given rise to four new yellow and black checked luxury tweeds designed by Romney Tweed, made from top-quality Romney wool which is spun and woven in Yorkshire
Collection designer and Weaver-in-Residence, Rosie Green said, “We are proud to showcase the Prospect Collection as a love letter to the distinctive Prospect Cottage and the shingle which surrounds it. The Prospect Collection honours the resounding legacy of the cottage, in a year when the notion of home has been so important.”
Romney Tweed have also launched five new colours of fine worsted cloth to their contemporary Coastal Collection. Each of the new shades is inspired by the sounds and senses evoked by the Kent coastline – Tussock, Azure, Maritima, Campion, and Valerian.
All Romney Tweed is 100% British Wool, worsted spun, designed, woven and finished to the height of industry standards in England. Romney Tweed comes from a single breed, and often a single flock of Romney sheep, which have grazed in the area since the 7th century. It has a high lustre and durability and is considered to be one of the best British wools. The tweed is biodegradable, recyclable, and can be produced organically.
With high unemployment in the area, Romney Tweed encourages local industry and tourism, and helps young people to acquire skills and employment. Prior to the Covid19 outbreak Romney Tweed ran courses teaching people to weave. It also runs outreach schools’ projects and design competitions with college students which are currently being run remotely. It hopes to continue the weaving courses, outreach projects and competitions face-to-face after Lockdown.