Bespoke + Collaborations
Donna Wilson has collaborated on a number of projects – from designing bespoke products for well-known brands and museums to designing stage interiors and puppets for a theatre company. If you’d like to work with Donna on something special, we’d love to hear from you. You can contact us by email here, or speak to someone in the studio on +44 (0)20 7749 0768.
The Hepworth Wakefield
The Hepworth Wakefield commissioned Donna to design a bespoke product to coincide with the reopening of their gallery and their retrospective on the life and work of Barbara Hepworth. Inspired by the ‘pierced forms’ in Hepworth’s scupltures, and her well-documented love of cats, Donna conceived and produced a knitted cat creature, available to purchase exclusively from The Hepworth Wakefield.
Following the success of Donna’s knitted version of Jim, the faithful canine companion of Sir Henry Cole, the first director of the V&A, the V&A Museum commissioned Donna to design an owl inspired by the work of textile designer C.F.A. Voysey.
The product of a shared love of all things woolly, Donna collaborated with Spanish homeware designer Lorena Canals to produce two colourful rugs. Handcrafted in India, the rugs are part of Lorena Canals’ Woolable collection of machine washable rugs for the home.
Donna Wilson was approached by retailer Anthropologie to design and produce an exclusive capsule of knitted accessories. Sold in their physical and online stores, the collection comprised of three scarves, three beanies and three pairs of mittens, produced in Scotland from 100% lambswool.
Donna is working on an ongoing jewellery collaboration with French brand Titlee, featuring gilt-brass and enamel earrings, necklaces and brooches, all made in France.
Tapping into their beginnings as a harness and bridle maker for the carriage trade, luxury goods manufacturer Hermès commissioned Donna Wilson to produce a family of giant knitted horses to be installed within their Paris flagship store over the busy Christmas period. In addition to the horses, Donna also created a forest of trees as well as a variety of knitted decorations which were displayed throughout the store.
Donna designed a series of knitted accessories exclusively for Hong Kong retailer, Mushroom, comprising of unique, bespoke designs, as well as recolours of existing styles.
Penguin Random House
Donna collaborated with Penguin Random House on a series of twelve die-cut Critter Cards and two Critter Journals featuring six of her quirkiest creatures.
An international centre of design, V&A Dundee presents the brilliance of Scottish creativity and the best of design from around the world. As a Scottish designer, Donna was commissioned to design some products for their retail store – a knitted lambswool seal named Selkie, and a matching baby blanket. You can read more about the project here.
25Hours Hotel, Cologne
Donna was approached by the 25Hours Hotel group to design a sleep buddy for their newly opened Cologne hotel. Inspired by the futuristic concept, she designed a ‘schlafbot’, a knitted robot for guests to snuggle up with in bed, as well as a range of space-themed knitted objects including rockets and planets which can be purchased in the hotel shop.
Panel + Glasgow Women’s Library
Glasgow-based curators Panel invited Donna to be a part of their project with the Glasgow Women’s Library to coincide with International Women’s Day. From Glasgow Women’s Library was a collection of six products exclusive to the library shop. Each one explored the history of women in Glasgow and Scotland through the huge range of material housed within the Glasgow Women’s Library archive. Donna’s contribution was a knitted book cushion with the title ‘Votes for Women’, featuring a stylised woman wearing a suffragette sash. You can read more about the project here.
Donna teamed up with accessory brand LeSportsac to produce a limited edition collection of bags and accessories in their classic shapes and styles, all decorated with her quirky creatures, motifs and patterns. From cosmetic bags and pouches, to rucksacks and totes, each design was made from LeSportsac’s signature rip-stop nylon.
Donna designed a series of bespoke plush knitted characters for Cooper Hewitt in New York. As well as a playful interpretation of Scottish-American industrialist Andrew Carnegie, Donna also created a knitted version of his loyal companion, Laddie, and Carnegie Mansion, the home of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Whitney Museum of Modern Art
Donna created a special edition series of knitted Cloud Cushions for the prestigious Whitney Museum of Modern Art in New York. The six strikingly bright colours were chosen to match the surrealist painting La Fortune by Man Ray which is part of the Whitney’s permanent collection.
Donna worked with Kazuaki Takashima of Japanese clothing brand Ne-net to produce a limited edition collection of dresses, t-shirts and accessories featuring Donna’s favourite motifs and patterns. The collection was based on the concept of sharing between people – couples, parents and children – and all garments were designed to be unisex so they can be worn by everyone.
Donna Wilson was one of a small team of designers selected and led by internationally acclaimed designer Ilse Crawford to design and furnish a purpose built boutique hotel and gallery complex located on the remote New Foundland Island of Fogo. Building on the legacy of local craft traditions, all the furniture at the Inn is handcrafted using the skills of the local boat builders and guild of quilt makers, working together with an international roster of visiting designers.
For each bedroom, Donna designed an armchair called Bertha with matching ottoman in bespoke knitted print, as well as a range of hand-painted wallpapers.
The Brett House in the town Joe Batt’s Arm served as inspiration for the fabric print on our Bertha Chair. I took inspiration from the hand-cut shingles found on the outside of the building.
Donna designed three exclusive childrenswear clothing collections for UK department store John Lewis. All garments were made with 100% organic cotton, using only suppliers based in Europe.
It’s been great to create an affordable collection of kid’s clothes using our playful motifs and patterns, and I’m especially excited for the llama poncho which will appear in the stores in Autumn 2016! – Donna Wilson
Mamas & Papas
Donna collaborated with the UK’s top nursery brand Mamas & Papas on two special edition collection of strollers and baby travel accessories.
We are all such fans of Donna Wilson’s designs here at Mamas & Papas. Collaborating with Donna has brought a really fun and unique style to our Urbo² collection – Mamas & Papas’ Creative Director Olivia Robinson
Donna has collaborated with cult London interiors store SCP since 2006. As well as cushions, throws and pouffes, she has also designed a series of rugs, sofas, armchairs available exclusively via SCP.
A selection of Donna’s SCP products is available to purchase directly from our website, with a wider selection available from SCP.
Ljubljana Puppet Theatre
Ljubljana Puppet Theatre hosts puppet shows and drama performances for both young and adult audiences. It was founded in 1948, and since 1984 it permanently resides at in Krekov Square.
Working with award-winning director Ivana Djilas, Donna designed the stage interior and all puppets for the classic children’s story ‘Goose The Bear’ by Katja Gehrmann. Everything was knitted in our London studio whilst collaborating with the Theatre’s skilled team of makers and performers in their spectacular workshop.
This was one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve worked on. It was fantastic to see Big Ted and the other characters come to life through puppetry and so rewarding to see first-hand how much the audience loved it, there’s nothing better than children’s laughter! – Donna Wilson