In the past month i have been asked to produce 2 different Toile's for 2 separate clients. I am guessing they wanted to get me onboard for these projects as they are painstakingly slow and require the patience of angels. I also got a call from a fellow textile designer asking me what makes a good toile? My advice was draw at least 5 vignettes and then draw multiple botanical elements to join the scenes together. Draw, draw and draw some more. There is no quick fix for such projects. No photoshop filter that i know of. With all of this said there is clearly an affinity with Toile's that is not going away. I'm thankful as i get to draw something other than flowers. Here is a little history on Toile de Jouy for you to file in your noggin.
"Toile de Jouy", sometimes called "toile", is a pattern consisting of a white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting a fairly complex scene, generally of a pastoral theme such as a couple having a picnic by a lake or an arrangement of flowers. The pattern portion consists of a single color, most often black, dark red, or blue. Toile is most associated with furnishing fabrics (curtains and upholstery in particular, especially chintz), though toile wallpaper is also popular. Toile can also be used on teapots, beddings, clothing, etc.
Toiles were originally produced in Ireland in the mid-18th Century and quickly became popular in Britain and France. The term, Toile de Jouy, originated in France in the late 18th century. In the French language, the phrase literally means "cloth from Jouy-en-Josas", a town in the south-west suburbs of Paris. For me, my Toile designs are often the work i'm most proud of as it's unusual—in today's fast-paced climate—to be affording the time that some designs truly require. I can't wait to share the stories i've depicted when my two latest Toiles go to market. Stay tuned!
Foxy Toile from 2009 - Anne Marie Jackson for Nordstrom