Alto Bluebell was previewed on 4 July 2012 as part of ‘the rest of the Machair collection’: “40% linen, lightweight wrap for the summer.” It was released the day after on 5 July 2012.
This is version one, the original (small) release. Alto Bluebell was re-released as a pre-order due to popular demand.
“On North and Western seacoasts of Scotland and Ireland a special habitat has slowly been created by the windswept shell sand overlaying peat soil; the machair. From late May this fertile plain beside the sea bursts into bloom and a glorious meadow is created. Each machair boasts its own diverse species of wildflower in this unique habitat.
This Collection celebrates the beautiful scene; the colours of the wildflowers, sky and sea, all found in one of the rarest habitats in Europe.”
The pattern name Alto has been derived from Altocumulus, a meteorologic name for certain types of clouds. Alto means high and cumulus means heaped. The pattern features pairs of two clouds evenly spaced on the fabric, thus creating a repetitive pattern of Japanese style clouds. Released after the pattern ‘Strato‘, ‘Alto’ features more spaced clouds.