Textiles

Swans Island

by Joanna on August 21, 2014

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Good textiles are such a luxury and often well worth a higher price, especially when handmade. It’s such a wonderful feeling to curl up with a favorite throw or blanket—and right now, I’m smitten with Swans Island. These textiles are handwoven in Maine using yarns such as organic merino, silk, alpaca, and domestic Corriedale wool, dyed with all-natural dyes. The result? Throws that are incredibly soft, exquisitely made, and reminiscent of a family heirloom.

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{ Images via Swans Island }

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There really aren’t many things better than great typography, especially when it’s hand-rendered. This could explain why I am so drawn to the type embroidery of Charlotte Smith. Based in Paris, Smith is a graphic designer specializing in type and hand lettering. In her portfolio, some of my favorites are these hand-embroidered sayings. It’s pretty spectacular what she can do with thread, don’t you think?

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{ Images via Behance }

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Lena Corwin X UO

by Anh-Minh on July 31, 2014

lenacorwin1I’ve been anxiously awaiting the launch of Lena Corwin’s collection with Urban Outfitters, and was excited to see it hit the retailer’s website this week. There are about a dozen pieces in the collaboration with the textile designer, illustrator, and author. (By the way, I love her books, Printing by Hand and Made by Hand.)

One of my favorites in the UO line is the California pillow, shown above in the middle of the bed. (Corwin grew up in San Francisco and recently moved back there from New York.) I’ve also got my eye on the Confetti throw blanket—and I love that it’s reversible! Ditto for the Ladder and Sticks + Sky floor pillows. Decisions, decisions …

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{ All images via Urban Outfitters }

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Textiles by Susan Connor

by Joanna on July 29, 2014

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New York-based textile designer Susan Connor has long had a passion for what she calls “authentic luxuries.” The self-taught designer and artist debuted her collection of softly-hued and relaxed textiles in early 2014. The collection is made in limited quantities, which allows Connor to expand her creative repertoire by constantly creating new designs. Inspired by merging decorative arts with a casual simplicity, the pieces have a touch of Bohemia while also feeling modern. Connor uses linen for the pillows and throws, making the pieces durable, yet lightweight and luxurious. Lastly, the motifs that adorn each piece are hand-printed in Brooklyn, lending a natural variation to the artwork.

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{ Images via Susan Connor }

 

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Jay Street Block Print Co.

by Joanna on July 22, 2014

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As a big fan of textiles both personally and professionally, I’m always on the lookout for new twists on my favorites. Upon discovering Jay Street Block Print Co., I realized I had something special on my hands. Designed in New York and made in India, these textiles are all about bringing attention to the traditional arts of handicraft and manufacturing. Most of the motifs are done using hand-carved, hand-placed printing blocks. The pieces that aren’t block printed are made with screens as a way to reduce fabric waste.

Jay Street Block Print Co. also participates in the Craftmark initiative, which “helps denote genuine Indian handicrafts, develop sector-wide minimum standards and norms for labeling a product as a handicrafts product, and increase consumer awareness of distinct handicraft traditions.” This alone proves just how deeply Jay Street has considered their manufacturing process while also creating beautiful textiles.

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{ Images via Jay Street Block Print Co. }

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