Textiles

Maika Carryall Tote

by Anh-Minh on September 18, 2014

maika1I am a sucker for a good tote bag. And for me, a good tote bag should be simple enough in style that I can carry it on myriad outings: lunch dates, editorial meetings, interviews, photo shoots. It should be roomy (able to hold the basics—keys, wallet, phone, notebook—as well as a few copies of Anthology) and feature at least one internal pocket (so I don’t waste time fishing around for small things like my lip balm).

These bags by San Francisco-based Maika fit the bill, and I love that they’re available in a variety of patterns, printed on recycled canvas with eco-friendly inks. The leather straps with brass accents are classic. Bonus: The lining is waterproof. But if you’re not in the market for a tote, Maika also purveys other bags, travel cases, pouches, and buckets. And they currently have a bunch of stuff on sale!

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Quilts by Lindsay Stead

by Joanna on September 16, 2014

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Traditional quilts haven’t always done it for me. True, there is a nostalgic, Americana vibe that is not to be denied. But design-wise, they just didn’t excite me—that is, until I discovered these incredible quilts by Lindsay Stead. Graphic and modern, these strike the perfect balance between traditional quilting techniques and a bold new approach. I am truly obsessed with the “scale, asymmetry, negative space and the use of solid colors.” Each quilt is entirely handmade in Stead’s Toronto studio, making the process very personal and time-consuming.

Be sure to also follow Lindsey on Instagram for behind-the-scenes shots!

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images via Lindsay Stead

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Louise Saxton

by Joanna on September 8, 2014

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Based in Melbourne, artist Louise Saxton works with materials she calls “the detritus from the home.” Her preference is to use the everyday, such as old envelopes, discarded bits of needlework, even vintage wallpapers. Saxton gathers these pieces of ephemera, then converts them into intricate works of art. My favorite of her collections is entitled Sanctuary, where she’s re-imagined her materials into delicate, super-detailed birds based on a selection of natural history paintings. I love how Saxton explains her inspiration for the collection: “Everyday textiles, made in and for the home, are on the brink of extinction and many of the plants and animals which inspired them are today also vulnerable.” The result is beautiful, as well as thought provoking.

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Fabric Food

by Joanna on September 4, 2014

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Confession: I love playing with my food. This could explain why I was so pumped to find this awesome collaboration between designer Anna Lomax, photographer Victoria Ling, and art director Mark Kenney. This series of fabric food was inspired by pop culture and focused on the meals they wanted for the day. Each meal—whether salmon with veggies or eggs on toast—was rendered by Anna in fabric with needle and thread. The beauty is really in the details. For example, how incredible is the tape measure egg including a smear on the knife?

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African Textiles from Mungo

by Joanna on August 27, 2014

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Meet Mungo, an African textiles house from Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, established in 1998. Textiles such as table linens, throws, and bedding are woven on antique 19th-century Hattersley looms, adding a sense of history to each piece. Mungo also keeps sustainability in mind by sourcing quality natural fibers, avoiding mass production, and employing local artisans to operate their looms. The result are beautifully made textiles that feel like modern heirlooms.

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