Eternal Sleep Collection, The Inspirations - Part 1- Absinthe

Here at V&W HQ,  we are continually being inspired by the world around us and drawing from all aspects of art, designs, culture and of course, the natural world. 

For our Eternal Sleep collection we fell under the spell of The Poison Garden in Alnwick Castle , Northumberland and drew from the darker side of plants and flowers in the shadowy but fascinating world of poisonous and psychotropic species. 

The concept,  that behind a beautiful bloom or delicate leaf lies a deadly toxin with powerful and often fatal qualities really appealed to us and gave us a new language with which to develop the collection from .

With muses including the haunting musician Florence Welch and complex poet Sylvia Plath, we built an opulent story layered with hidden meaning,  with our hero botanicals offering dark little surprises behind beautiful faces.... 

I do not stir.
The frost makes a flower, The dew makes a star, The dead bell, The dead bell. Somebody’s done for.
Death and Co- Syliva Plath

T H E  .  A B S I N T H E  .  S T O R Y  ............... Hellebores and Deadly Nightshade Berries. 


The Black Hellebore is a beautiful but highly toxic plant with velvety black petals, neat symmetry and vibrant contrasting lime stamen.  Legends surrounding the Hellebore have existed for thousands of years dating back to Greek and Roman time,  based upon its emetic and sometimes fatal symptoms after ingesting and touching!  In Greek mythology, Melampus of Pylos used hellebore to save the daughters of the king of Argos from a madness, that caused them to run naked through the city, crying, weeping, and screaming, we assume from the burning sensation that this punchy little plant can cause.  In Pagan witchcraft it is believed to have ties to summoning demons and in later centuries would often be used as a purgative medicine. 

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Our Hellebore inspired the  A B S I N T HE print and features decadent black and oxblood flower heads offset against the jewel toned green background and feather like Sapphire blue, hand painted leaves.  With black piping highlights and contrast details our Absinthe story pieces are the ultimate statement in Luxury Pyjama dressing. 

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