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Etsy Art I Heart: Typography & Quotes

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Greetings friends! We had quite a busy weekend with family coming to stay for a memorial service for Matt’s grandmother and then the Superbowl yesterday, no doubt you were all as disappointed as we were with the game (snooze) but I LOVED Bruno Mars during the halftime show, he is so talented!

Don’t you think Downton Abbey is finally getting better this season? I watched last night’s episode and between Rose’s shenanigans and Alfred’s new opportunity and Mary’s suspicions and Edith’s predicament, I can’t wait to see what happens next. The banter between Isobel and the Dowager is so well done don’t you think? I have to rewind it each time they engage each other to hear it again. What do you think of the season so far? (No spoilers!)  

But back to business, I was browsing Etsy again for a few gifts and inspirational quotes and stumbled across several more artists that specialize in typography (this one strikes a chord with me) so I thought I’d feature some favorites today. Lovers of poetry, words, scripture, and inspirational sayings will appreciate these shops!   

Find beautiful poetry and frame worthy lyrics at Riverway Studios.

riverway studios prints

  

I’m a fan of the whimsical combination of photographs and type in Susannah Tucker’s shop.

susannah tucker

              

Love literature? Find elegant prints of lines from novels at NeverMore Prints.

 

nevermore prints

            

 

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Textile Spotlight: Tartan

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

I thought I’d start a periodic series spotlighting textile patterns since fabric design is so much on my mind right now. Let’s begin with tartan since it’s trending again. It’s a cloth that has been around for centuries, but these iconic patterns are showing up everywhere from home decor to fashion.

Classic tartan is made with alternating bands of dyed thread woven together to form diagonal lines where the colors cross over and resulting in blocks of color in distinctive squares. Originating in Scotland, the woven patterns were at first regional and then later representative of clans, and by the 17th and 18th century, tartan was characteristic of Scottish Highland dress.

tartan throw

Recent press releases from American design houses declare new lines of tartan are being released since the woven pattern is returning to popularity, but classic tastemakers like Ralph Lauren have always carried it here in the States. The word “plaid” is used interchangeably with “tartan” so in retail so you’ll often find the tartan weave labeled as plaid.

I love tartan on upholstered accent chairs or as accent pillows, the rich colorful prints bring a masculine touch and the traditional pattern adds a sense of comfort.

tartan chair house beautiful

allesandra schumacher

house beautiful / quintessence

 

Tartans and plaids will always be classic, they’re impactful when allowed to take the spotlight, from bedding to window treatments.

tartan bedding tobi fairley

tartan window panels

tartan window panels sitting room

tartan plaid throw elle decor

 tobi fairley / burnham design / elle decor / hudson interior design

 

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Digital Fabric Printing + Spoonflower Tour

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Thanks so much everyone for the positive feedback on yesterday’s post about my fabric and gift wrap designs! I chose Spoonflower as a company to work with because they offer an amazing innovative service: the ability for anyone to design their own fabrics, wallpapers, decals, or gift wraps and share them with the world.

I was in North Carolina earlier this year and spent a few hours with the people at Spoonflower in Durham, touring their facility and asking them all about how the process works. With their permission, I took a few pictures while I was there and Allison was kind enough to answer my questions.

spoonflower headquarters slipper chairs

 

1) How long has Spoonflower been in business, how and why did it start?

Spoonflower was founded in 2008, just as the US economy was entering a recession. Surprisingly, the recession did not actually turn out to be our greatest challenge. The idea for Spoonflower came from Stephen’s (one of our co-founders) wife Kim. Kim asked Stephen if he knew of a website where she could print fabric to make curtains from her own design. It turned out that one didn’t exist, despite the fact that interest in sewing, fabric, design and making things by hand had exploded on the Internet.

2) How do the printers work and how much fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap do they print in an hour/day?

We print using large format inkjet printers, similar to the printer you have at home or in your office, just much bigger! We print around 1800 yards per day.

spoonflower printing

 

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