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Today I would like to introduce the first designs from my new silk scarf collection  ‘A London Love letter’ which is an extension of the ´My London´collection.

The collection came alive whilst pondering the pros and cons of city living. I grew up near the beach and the mountains, that was my childhood. Roaming free can give you a lot but so can the city. One of the things I like the most about London is how green the city is. Hyde Park, Battersea Park, Victoria Park, Regents Park. The list is long. They say that 47 percent of London is green space, that’s nearly half the city. That’s amazing.

 

My ‘Embankment Tulip’ print was inspired by a small detour on my way to Somerset House you can walk along the pavement next to the river Thames and the traffic, through an area with rows upon rows of beautiful tulips and other well groomed flower beds flowering all summer. Not really a park but an area I would describe as a green lounge in the middle of the city. After discovering this area I will now forever take this route to Somerset House.

I have decided that if you seek out and use the green spaces this city has to offer, both small and large, the longing for closeness to nature in everyday life can be kept at bay. So for now the city wins.  The ‘Embankment Tulip’ prints leaves were painted with ink on paper whilst the flower heads were drawn on paper using a range of oil pastels, crayons and pens.

Another thing I have been pondering over lately is the fact that nowadays nearly all communication is done via e-mail and the times I find myself actually handwriting letters is getting rearer by the day. Yet there is nothing like receiving a card or letter on nice stationery in the post. My ‘London Love Letter’ prints were hand drawn in my signature style with black felt tip pens in different sizes with quick strokes. The hand drawn individual style has natural imperfections which add to its personality. My ‘London Love Letter’ silk scarves comes in two different scales and in several different colour stories to fit different personalities inspired by colours stories collected from different parts of London.

I will continue to add at least one new silk scarf a month to my journal and shop this summer followed by wool scarves in Autumn. Come back here if you would like to see more of the ‘London Love Letter’ collection unfold over the summer months.

Maria x

You can view the first scarves in my ‘London Love Letter Collection’ here

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This month I would like to introduce my Spot Arrow printed scarf inspired by the amazing creative energy I feel within London. This is the seventh scarf from my new collection My London inspired by the city I have been happy to call home for more than a decade and that I truly love.

The creative energy I feel within London is unlike any other city I have ever visited. London has an edge yet feels settled and traditional. A cosmopolitan melting pot still true to itself and it’s own traditions. A place to feel free to explore your own creativity and to meet and feed from other likeminded people. May this special energy never leave this city so close to my heart. A wish one can only hope will materialise over the challenging years ahead. Let’s hope creativity wins. Creativity = vitality = happiness in my humble opinion. 
Maria  x
 

The Maria Hatling Spot Arrow printed scarf, a strong graphic print, to keep you warm and combat any winter blues. Coloured in two distinctive colours stories the only question that remains is  “Are you more of the green, grey, blue or purple type?” Or is a spicy palette of mustard, pink, paprika, tobacco and fuchsia more to your taste?

Have a closer look at the grey, green, purple and blue version on the Spot Arrow Print scarf here Or the mustard, pink, paprika, tobacco and fuchsia version here

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This month I would like to introduce my ‘London Girls’ print. The sixth print from my new collection My London.

 
London girls are as diverse as the city they live in and that’s exactly why they never fail to inspire. I am not going to lie sometimes the style of London girls challenge my personal taste but this is exactly why I love this urban tribe. Unafraid to not conform and happy to experiment, women of all ages in this city seem to find the metal space to be and dress in whatever they like and I believe this is the essence of my love for London.
 
Again and again this city and it’s inhabitants remind me that taste is personal and that even if you do not like something it doesn’t mean that it’s bad taste. Just different tastes. My ‘London Girls’ print is meant to celebrate this diversity, drawn from the colourful streets of London. The city where there is a creative energy to be found in almost every corner. The city I am happy to call home!
 
This print started out as a hand drawn sketch in Monmouth Coffee Borough Market drawn whilst waiting for my very stylish and individual girlfriends to turn up. The arrival of my friends mixed with glancing out at the crowd of people enjoying the market made the colour story for this print a multi coloured one.
Maria x
If you would like to have a closer look the this scarf you can do so here.

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This month I would like to introduce my City Farm Chickprinted scarf which is the fifth scarf from my new collection My London. This long wool cashmere scarf, comes in two colour stories and is a perfect example of how everyday life and activities feeds into my work. I have mentioned this before but if you are new to my journal you may want to know that every month this year I will introduce a new print from the ‘My London’ collection. Each journal entry will let you in on the story behind my prints and how the artwork came to life.

On a visit to one of London’s city farms my son was offered to have a closer look at one of the chickens. This particular chick had other plans and with a very rock and roll city chick attitude it nipped my son on the finger. We nick named the offender ‘Keith Richards’ as its appearance and attitude was more rock and roll than most chickens we have ever encountered before. The rough and ready style this chicken was painted and penned in was a direct reaction to this incident. The scale of this print could never have been small or ditsy. It had to be large to match the personality of its source of inspiration, Keith ‘The Chicken’ Richards.
 
Over the past three years I have had the pleasure of discovering how many amazing activities there are to see and do in London whilst hanging with my boy before he starts school. This particular print ‘City Farm Chick’ was inspired by the above and numerous other visits to both Vauxhall and Hackney city farm. We love them both dearly.

 

Fancy a closer look at the City Farm Chick print scarf? If you prefer the grey version take a look here or if duck egg is more you. You can find it here.

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I find it endearing that the tradition of high tea, created in 1840, is still artfully served in many of the capitals finest establishments. This quintessentially English meal between meals inspired my ‘High Tea’ print scarf as the visual look and layout of my illustration was modelled on the colourful delicate treats and decorative tiered stands they are served upon.

In busy modern life one can of course not sit down for high tea everyday. If I am honest I can even find myself too busy to remember to eat anything in the afternoon. Especially if I am in creative mode and in the flow of a project, print or drawing. I’ve been known to forget time and place all together.

I am sure I am not the only one that would love nothing more for someone to provide me such a wonderful treat every afternoon when my creative drive slips away. I am not saying that a complete serving of high tea would be required but a petite delicious pick me up would be lovely. Until this happens I will carry on dreaming about outstanding high tea served at Sketch, The Ritz and Fortnum & Mason

Have a closer look at my High Tea Print scarf here This scarf is part of my collection My London based on everything I love about the city I call home. 

 

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Today I would like to introduce the third scarf from my new collection My London’ inspired by the city I have been happy to call home for more than a decade. 

An English rose is an expression normally used to describe a natural beauty. My English Rose print is a handmade flower collage created from colourful pieces of paper gathered from magazines. These small slices of colour were layered to create a rose in full bloom over a hand drawn traditional check to create a unique illustration rich in depth and texture.

In my mind the tartan check is synonymous with British fashion and culture. This type of woven wool fabric was not commonly used in Norway during my childhood, but overtime time I have come to appreciate the enduring qualities of this cloth. 

I have discovered that this is what happens when you live and work within a different culture over time. The things you did not understand in the beginning become part of your own fabric of life and inspire you in ways you would never have expected.

Maria x

Have a closer look at the scarves from the ‘My London’ collection here