About Bird In The Hand
Jamaican-born East London painter and ceramicist Laura Hamilton set up Bird in the Hand in 2008, re-issuing the original Jamaican textiles from the 1960s and 1970s with which she grew up. Whilst bringing up her small children in Hackney she began piecing together the stories of these prints, gathering the original fabrics from friends and family around the world, then redrawing and updating them to produce her bold and vibrant TROPICAL collection.
The LAURA collection of fabrics, based on her paintings, was recently added to the textile range. MALIGOE, the first design, features a simple contemporary pattern derived from a watercolour painted by Laura in Scotland while perched on the rocks by the crashing sea. Its creation continues a long family tradition of al fresco painting in Caithness and Jamaica, originally begun by her grandfather.
The CERAMICS collection comes after a 15-year hiatus away from clay. Laura has made pots since the age of 10. Now that her children are older, she has been able to rediscover this love, and works from a Studio Shed her garden in Hackney, East London.
All of our products are handmade and our linen is hand-printed (available by the metre) or as an item in our HOMEWARE range, an exclusive selection of linen products for the kitchen and living room.
The full collection can be viewed in our online SHOP.