Ulric + Arly is a Barbadian textile and clothing design studio. Designed by visual artist Mark King, Ulric + Arly's first homeware collection consists of limited edition napkins, placemats, and tea towels made from 100% cotton. With geometric and wrought iron elements, this series is inspired by King's grandfathers, Ulric, a diligent educator, and Arly, a charismatic blacksmith. Each piece is individually hand printed and handmade.
Ulric Gibbs Crick was a Mathematics teacher and school principal from Saint James, Barbados. He especially enjoyed teaching Geometry, a chief element in Mark’s artwork. During his leisure time, Ulric also devoured classic literature and chess in equal measure. Ulric's joy for academia was matched by his zeal for travel and connecting with people. Throughout his tenure, he lived and worked in Anguilla, Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, and Saint Vincent.
Horace Arlington King a.k.a. Arly, was a Blacksmith from Saint Lucy, Barbados. He began apprenticing at the age of 13 in Waterford’s Bottom, Saint Michael in order to support his mother and sister soon after his father's death. As a professional blacksmith, he founded King's Engineering Works, where he employed five highly skilled full-time workers. Located on the famous Baxter’s Road in Saint Michael, this well known shop allowed Arly to support many people over the years through his skill set.
Together, Mark's grandfathers' qualities serve as the foundation for Ulric + Arly's ethos.