As well as working with Bryan Davies on Parkamoor, Laura Davies was part of the 'Happy Stacking' project in China during which she designed work clothes for locals and created a fabric design featuring drawings of the wooden furniture found in the ping fang houses of Nanling village.
Dealing with issues of economics and design, Laura set up shop with a local dressmaker. After meditating on the fashionista's penchant for European designs with their origins in utilitarianism, the two produced prototypes for a range of clothes to be sold outside the localised economy. A Nanling toile was also fabricated from Laura's series of drawings of local vernacular and agricultural objects, suggesting a narrative and promotion for the village. The fabric can be utilised by the dressmaker to make a new brand of clothes for export. Laura's vision cumulated in her dressing of Ping Fang House to suggest how the building could be adapted into a concept boutique which highlights the craft and culture of the village and develops ideas for local enterprise.
This fabric has been used to reupholster a number of chairs at Lawson Park which can be seen in the collection here.