Born in 1690, Anna Maria Garthwaite was an independent textile designer working in Spitalfields, London. She was one of the leading pattern drawers for the English silk industry. I love patterns and prints and think my own pieces are just lots of little porcelain pieces which make up patterns on my desk. Imagine my delight when I came across these images of her watercolour designs and finished silk fabrics in the V&A museum archives. Her surviving floral designs are now held at the V&A and I would love to see them in person one day but for now these images will give me plenty of inspiration..