I had the pleasure of visiting Hudson, NY last week where I discovered so many wonderful little shops! One that I found irresistible (and that did a bit of damage to my pocketbook) was Fig & Bella. They create scarves, wraps, pillows, textiles that are each individually handmade using a modern interpretation of traditional dyeing techniques.
Every Fig & Bella wool, silk, viscose, & tie dye cashmere scarf is individually dyed by hand in the Hudson Valley. All of our pillows are also dyed in our studio, and our candles are hand poured in the USA. Our cashmere is carefully sourced from master artisans and dyers in Nepal, with whom we work closely to produce only the finest quality scarves.
Pillows Start at $60; scarves at $89 (As always, click to shop!)
My collages embrace the imperfection of old, used, discarded and damaged paper. These papers depict moments in time – often bearing marks and traces of a past life and the human hand. I ‘rescue’ these unwanted fragments, creating layers and building connections into some sort of new, elusive and unpredictable thing. The process is wholly tactile – nothing is digital. I like the restrictions that this creates… the hand-cutting and gluing down, the use of only original papers and ephemera. Elements are added or removed, or covered over and reworked. Ideas and narratives may emerge, but often a series is initiated through the acquisition of a certain type of raw material – an old photo album, a stash of old maps, a pile of old postcards…
The holidays may be over, but occasions to wrap thoughtful treasures for others still abound throughout the year. I’m loving these designs from Norman’s Printery, a little Easy shop out of Northern New Jersey run by designer/maker/printer Cliff Cordes. It’s awesome that the assorted collections layer so nicely together – making for a fun, multiple gift assortment. (As always, click to shop!)
Simple, organic, understated… that’s how I’d describe these beautiful ceramic pieces by The Netherlands artist, Margriet Kramer. (as always, click to shop!)
So my products are not perfect. Perfection doesn’t suit me, not in my house, not in my lifestyle, not in my ceramic products. Infact: imperfection is beauty to me!
Mosaic House is a New York based tile company specializing in a variety of Moroccan tiles; hand-painted, cement, mosaic, chiseled and wood. As the newest generation in a centuries old family of tile makers, they draw upon the traditional craft expertise of Morocco, while embracing a modern taste for texture and design. If you poke around on the site a bit, you’ll find videos showing how each tile is made, like THIS. Amazing.
Brisbane, Australia’s Rose Jensen Holm is the artist behind Yesvincent, an extraordinary collection of hand woven wall hangings; each is a one-of-a-kind piece of luscious color and pattern.
Coming from a family of potters and weavers has enabled me to remain connected with established family traditions, while simultaneously being influenced by the broad scope of contemporary design. I often use the technique of tapestry weaving to depict a strong connection to the natural environment: the colours, forms and textures are a constant inspiration.
These lovely, handcrafted bowls, mugs and other unique stoneware products are created by designer Irmina Helak in her studio in Poland. She uses a variety of techniques that give her pieces a unique character and a wonderful combination of texture, color, form and pattern. (As always, click to shop!)
I do love me some letterpress! Parrott Design Studio is a boutique design and letterpress studio located in Sebago, Maine that offers a charming, hand-drawn collection of greeting cards.
We invite you to explore our collection where the designs are simple and lovely, fun with a touch of whimsy, inspired by vintage ephemera, flora and fauna, and candy-colored hues. The studio is home to two antique Golding Jobber presses from 1898 and 1901. Each piece is hand-fed, one by one, on either press.
(All cards $5 each – As always, click to shop!)