Maria Tilyard Designs at Flock boutique Brighton

Animal cushions handmade from vintage fabrics

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Birds from Maria Tilyard at Flock
Swans from Maria Tilyard at Flock

I work from my studio in the Phoenix Art Gallery in Brighton most days, crammed in with my vintage fabric finds.

Cats from Maria Tilyard at Flock.
China cats from Maria Tilyard at Flock
Greyhounds from Maria Tilyard at Flock

My love of vintage fabrics has lead me down various paths of making over the years. I have finally settled on combining my creature creations with the vintage fabrics and hand embroideries to make my animal cushions.

Foxes from Maria Tilyard at Flock
Dogs from Maria Tilyard at Flock
Animals from Maria Tilyard at Flock.
Fox crows from Maria Tilyard at Flock

Children's books from the 1960s and 1970s, and wildlife on my travels are my inspiration for my cushions; my latest being the Japanese snow monkey which I would like to visit one day!

Rabbit Squirrel from Maria Tilyard at Flock