Our story

Zena & Rose is a brand designing colourful patterned homeware and gifts featuring original bird and botanical illustrations. These are inspired by heritage influences but also appeal to contemporary taste. Our aim is to bring you joyful moments everyday through beautiful and useful things.

Our values are based on responsible sourcing of materials and labour practices. As well as having its own website, Zena & Rose works with carefully selected retail partners.

We have recently begun hosting block printing workshops to bring our love of pattern to a wider audience.

Block printing workshop


Zena & Rose was founded by Joanna Sanderson.

Joanna’s creative journey began when she was young, spending time with Zena and Rose, her great aunt and grandmother. The sisters worked as seamstresses in the family workshop making garments. One of Joanna’s fondest memories is of Zena and Rose teaching her to sew using patterned fabric remnants from the workshop.  With their help, her imagination could run wild.

Joanna was looking for a creative outlet after working for 10 years in the heritage and museum sector, advising on the conservation of historic buildings. She founded Zena & Rose because she wanted to follow her passion for design, pattern and illustration.

Joanna Sanderson

Joanna Sanderson