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MAY-JUN 2019

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For more information, see Sources, page 86 26 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 9 IN BLOOM I meet ABOVE: "Textiles are very much a cultural and artistic expression of the times," says Tenquist, who draws from her love of nature and Oriental and European decorative arts for her fabrics. TOP: Her design for The Garden of St Christopher mixes formal elements with a romantic palette. The Garden of St Christopher—a private garden open by appointment—in the city's Hyde Park. Even so, Tenquist itched for a change in medium. In 2015, she set her sights on textiles, an art form she had studied and long admired. "Textiles have always had an enormous role to play in society," she says. "The stories and subjects that are used reflect the faith and belief systems of people. The symbols have great meaning. A lot of that is lost today, but there's a huge swing back toward artisanal objects. People are looking for less technology in their lives. There's a simplicity in the exotic and ethnic designs in textiles that people are drawn to." Though Tenquist had an artistic background, she hadn't put pen to paper in 35 years. But once she started drawing (she uses a pen on an iPad), she felt invigorated. She named her line Botanica Trading with the goal of creating botanically inspired textiles with a modern sense of scale and size. Her first collection, Incredible India, launched in the United States last August to rave reviews. Tenquist is enjoying the change in perspective. "Designing a garden, one uses very broad, sweeping strokes; you have to see the big picture the whole time. The Garden of St Christopher took five years and was 7 acres. One almost had to see it from above. Moving from that enormous canvas to this tiny canvas has been a revelation." With a follow-up collection based on the Otto- man Empire in the works and an expansion into chinoiserie wallpaper, Tenquist is relishing her return to the decorative arts. No matter the media; however, her ultimate inspiration will always be the natural world. "Anything that draws us towards nature is impor- tant," says Tenquist. "It's where our roots lie." "Designing a garden, one uses very broad, sweeping strokes; you have to see the big picture the whole time. Moving from that enormous canvas to this tiny canvas has been a revelation." —DEBBY TENQUIST PHOTOS BY MARIANNE SWANKHART (LEFT) AND ELSA YOUNG

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