Here you can discover a bit more about the designs at Rowan Bay and get a peek into the processes behind the design process. All designs to date have been created by Rowan Bay owner, Larissa.
Ptera is our latest design to the collection. Hand drawn by Larissa, like our other patterns this design is inspired by the natural world. The lines and curves are reminscent of insect wings.
The original inspiration was the black-veined white butterfly
Aporia crataegi, which became extinct in the UK in 1925. Butterflies are known to be indicator species - often showing the effects of environmental changes before other species do. With current biodiversity at risk of further losses the release of Ptera marks our commitment to use £5 from every wrap sale to purchase wildflower seeds to sow in the meadow our sheep graze. These flowers will help our local pollinators, including butterflies - creating a habitat where so much has already been lost.
The name Ptera was chosen from suggestions by fans in Rowan Bay Rabble.
Wildwood started life as a mature lime (Tilia) tree and has been transformed into a beautiful branching pattern which can be worn with the 'branches' going up to the sky, or as 'roots' reaching the ground.
We wanted to create something which was from nature but represented the connections we all make with each other throughout our own journeys in the babywearing community. The branching pattern was perfect, it can be found in maths, in science and in art. It's almost everywhere around us from the magnificent rivers of the world, the branches of a great oak tree or the blood vessels which give us life. It also perfectly symbolises the wonderful community of caregivers who are raising the next generation of adventurers.
For a review of our Wildwood tussah by brand ambassador Danuta, head over to her blog here.
Inspired by nature
Meet Sorbus, Rowan Bay's signature design - a repeated pattern of three printed rowan (or Sorbus acuparia) leaves. This design started out life as a tree growing in a central London garden, frequently visited by a pair of mistle thrushes in the early autumn. By using a mixure of ink printing and digital design, the Sorbus pattern was born.
Initially woven in the same blend as Chrysler; a double weave of Egyptian combed cotton, we feel that the design really comes into its own in a single weave - enabling the weft to be part of the design, creating more definition and texture, all adding to the wrapping experience. Our newest release of Sorbus is the sci-fi series woven with organic combed cotton and undyed natural linen, and has also been tested with the same tussah blend as wildwood above.
Inspired by the architecture of the Art Deco movement
The Chrysler pattern is a repeating geometric design of chunky chevrons. Our first release, this design was woven with 100% luxury Egyptian combed cotton, in a double weave to provide plenty of cush (think fluffy marshmallows) with a smooth texture to help passes glide with ease. A fantastic easy-care wrap for larger babies or toddlers, perfect for taking on whatever adventure you head out on next.