Has lockdown had a significant impact on your creative process? And has it affected your art?
"Our back-story is a very sad one and lockdown has been difficult beyond words. Our son, Enzo, very sadly died in April during the 1st lockdown, aged just two and a half. Both of us had to stop working for 18 months prior to that while we helped care for Enzo who was diagnosed with leukaemia when he was just 11 months old. Starting Petri Prints a few months after he died gave us something to work towards. We miss him terribly every day but we know he'd be proud of Petri Prints and the work we've done. All the pain has meant we appreciate and cherish our time together as a family and that's a tribute to Enzo and the love we all shared."
How would your work have looked different if you were doing a piece on The Great Outdoors before the pandemic?
"Prior to the pandemic we had pretty much been in isolation from the world for 18 months while our son was undergoing treatment so we have long been inspired by The Great Outdoors. On a couple of occasions we were able to leave London and get some fresh air with Enzo, it was so exciting and heart-warming to see him embrace the space and nature surrounding him. And we were so appreciative of these simple, yet momentous moments."
What about Fortnum's inspired you?
"Our pieces are all steeped in tradition and history. It's great to work with such a renowned institution that mirrors so much of what our business stands for- respect for history, story-telling and above all, high quality."