Luli (Lordes) Sanchez worked as a designer creating prints for the fashion industry in Manhattan for 18 years, before deciding to I rent a teeny tiny workspace in NYC’s East Village, where she basically painted non-stop and began selling her artwork to designers of both fashion and home furnishing. These days, she divides her time between Brooklyn N.Y. and Merida, Yucatan.
My work is still hand painted, in inks or watercolor. I do not actually paint on fabric, or produce fabric and do not have plans become a brand, (or a lifestyle brand for that matter – I think people are perfectly capable of coming up with their own lifestyles without me butting in) and I practically leave the room if someone says “color separation” or “repeat” or “disc”, and need to write positive affirmations in my journal while eating crunchy snacks for some time afterwards to recover.
My objective with my designing, has been to capture an organic and moody yet optimistic spirit and have designs out in the world that in their own small way may invoke a feeling that underneath it all, it is a benevolent universe.
Maxine Sutton Studio + Shop is a making and retail space on the East Kent Coast, housing the studios and a small shop/showroom on the ground floor. The maker, Maxine Sutton, produces a lovely collection of interior textiles and home wares. Maintaining a commitment to sustainable and ethical materials and production methods wherever possible, the work combines illustrative and abstract prints, hand and machine embroidery, with appliqued and needle punch details.
My work continues to explore the interplay between screen-printed and embroidered textures, colour, mark, drawn and stitched lines. Often playing with imagery and ideas springing from our relationship with familiar domestic objects, everyday pastimes, the meaning of ‘home’ and home-making activities. Abstract and semi-figurative forms combined with pattern and texture present an ambiguous narrative.
Using Irish machine, and hand embroidery I employ a combination of traditional techniques, such as applique, patchwork, needle-punch and screen print. Forms, are hand drawn, paper cut, found or photographic; layered and collaged with abstract and semi figurative appliquéd, needle-punched and printed imagery. Embroidered lines and desnsely embroidered areas create further layers of texture and interest.
Bloomingville is a wholesale company from Denmark with a finely curated collection of lovely housewares, decor and light furnishings they provide to independent retail boutiques (both brick & mortar and on-line). Unfortunately, you can’t buy items directly from them, but you totally can collect inspiration!
Satsuma Press is a one-person letterpress and design studio located in Corvallis, Oregon, that produces exquisitely delicate, yet modern letterpress products. “I fancy good, simple design that is pleasing to the eye and mind; refreshing color and lush paper; plenty of open space and quiet, graceful beauty.” (As always, click to shop!)
Today, I’m celebrating my birthday. Which means I’ve taken the day off (as I have throughout my entire career), to lunch with my most devoted reader (of course, that would be my mom). She’s been asking me what I want for my birthday, and the only thing that comes to mind is one of her delicious home cooked meals. However, we’re going to poke around Anthropologie this afternoon and I get to pick out a treasure! Hmm… what will it be? (See something you love too? As always, click to shop!)
It’s not often a company does something that compels me wholeheartedly to switch to their brand on principle. Always has done just that. This video has been making the rounds on social media, but just on the off chance you haven’t seen it, I had to share.
Urban Organics is a local organic food co-op in Oklahoma that retrieves crops from local farmers and brings them to the city, allowing members to purchase local organically grown food direct from the farm. When it came time to do their branding, they turned to the Dallas-based agency Foundry Collective. The approach is as fresh as their produce; modern and optimistic with enough polish to be credible without seeming disingenuous.
In honor of the the final day of the National Stationery Show in NYC, I thought I’d share one of my all time favorites. Pikku is a brilliant line of charming textiles and stationery products by designer Valerie Ormiston. I adore that in a world of constant change and the urge to reinvent, her wares evolve at a snail’s pace – and stand the test of time. Simple, modern, unpretentious and happy. (As always, click to shop!)
Paula Greif is a NYC-based ceramic artist who was originally trained as a graphic designer. Her enviable and varied career began in the art department at Rolling Stone, followed by stints at Mademoiselle and Barneys NY, after which she turned to making rock videos for the likes of the Smiths. It wasn’t until later in life that she decided to take a pottery class with the intent of “remaking everything in her kitchen”. These days. she hand-makes small batch ceramics (only about a dozen of each design) of things she finds useful and beautiful. Indeed. (As always, click to shop!)
Budget tightening meant that one of our spring trend trips was cancelled this year. So, in an attempt to brew some lemonade out of those lemons, we decided to embark on a 2-day intensive shopping excursion in our own back yard; treating the experience just as we would if we were actually exploring a new, uncharted city. So with those fresh eyes, we took to the streets of Minneapolis on a voyage of discovery. While we made space to check out the “usual suspects”, we also ventured off the beaten path to new shops and places we don’t ordinarily go. I must say, the experience proved totally inspiring and reminded me what an incredibly vibrant retail scene we have right here!
I’m delighted to have discovered these exquisite works by Montreal designer Elizabeth Laferrière. Elizabeth “creates still and moving images that encompass her poetic, sensitive and spontaneous vision through typography, collage and video.” In this project, she took on the branding and promotional pieces for Bleury, a progressive vinyl bar in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. C’est merveilleux!