Edith & Bertha
Coming from a design background with a focus on Fine Art and Ceramics, Elaine began making garments for herself from 2000 onwards after a life time’s interest in Textiles. Her self taught skills in pattern drafting and dressmaking quickly progressed in tandem with her distinctive aesthetic. She established Edith & Bertha in 2008, selling via local shops, commissions, and more recently, designer/maker shows to a growing following. Her handcrafted linen garments in a simple, unassuming style continue to evolve and delight.
Elaine describes her mainly linen designs as being heavily influenced by period costume (Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian) and antique work wear. She also cites early experiences that profoundly informed her work…
“Edith and Bertha was the name of my dormitory at Greta Hall Boarding School in Keswick. It had formerly been the home of Lakeland poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey c1800, Edith and Bertha being two of Southey's children. The experience of living at Greta Hall during the 1980's has continued to influence my personal style and the development of my creative ideas.
I strive to use these influences with a fresh approach. to create composed well cut garments with minimal detail. whilst evoking a wistfulness of mood of habitual function and utility. All my designs are cut from a similar block. I work on each design with great care and attention to detail, and for me the design stage is what interests me most. I often spend many months musing/working on a design and tend to produce in small batches or as one off pieces”
Elaine stocks the Guild of Ten with a beautiful selection of her work and is happy to discuss commissions