It’s time to inspire and be inspired! I recently read about the beautiful pack of fabric and notions that Emily Martin from the Black Apple sent to Marisa Haedike at Creative Thursday and I felt like I should do something to inspire others in this way so I came up with an idea to create Inspiration Packs and give them away. But I need your help.
Many artists read this blog and after talking last week to my friend Tara Hogan at Ink & Wit, I realized that lots of you have scraps galore that you’d like to get rid of. Why not donate them to a good cause? Tara thinks it would be nice if makers considered donating their leftovers to others instead of allowing them to overtake their craft room or worse, throw them away. I couldn’t agree more.
Would you like to donate a few of your scraps?
Inspiration Pack Details: Anyone can donate at least 10 items minimum. Please make sure that everything is in good condition and clean. Fabric scraps should be no smaller than a 6 x 6 square. If you are feeling generous and have yardage to donate, please indicate the amount before shipping. From fabric to buttons, your own prints or cards that perhaps didn’t print out perfectly, scrap papers, ribbon, if you have leftovers that you would like to donate to give others a little creative inspiration, please contact me via email at decor8blog AT yahoo.com.
Once I have everything, I’ll spend the first week of July sorting through the goods and I’ll organize packages, photograph each of the 10 packs, and show them on decor8 along with a simple comment contest where I’ll randomly select 10 winners. If I get enough goods, I will create more than 10 gift packs (10-20).
Deadline: All donated items will need to arrive to my New Hampshire address no later than June 30th.
What you can submit (ideas): Fabric : Wallpaper Scraps : Stationery : Journals : Pages from Books : Buttons : Ribbons: Stickers : Stamps : Gift tags : Gift Wrap : Vintage Photographs : Pencils : Pens : Art Papers : Patterned Papers : Prints : Cards : Envelopes : Fabric Tim (ric rack, pom poms, etc.) : Postcards.
Also include: 10-20 of your business cards so that I can place your card inside a special envelope that will be included with each Inspiration Pack. That way the winner will know that some items in their pack came from you.
Why: Recycling is smart and helpful to others. The purpose is to recycle what you have and make someone else happy and inspired to do something creative.
Please do not send: Prints in tubes (flat pack only — rolls of wallpaper or gift wrap are fine though because I can cut it up and flat pack it to winners), Paint or liquids, magazines or books, glues, sprays, metal, staples, paperclips, tools, scissors. In other words, nothing that can spill, nothing toxic, explosives, nude or violent imagery (some people are sensitive), etc. I’m trusting you guys with this.
What’s in it for you? I will also dedicate a post to all who donate listing your name and blog or website address, and you will be entered into a drawing to win one free 120 x 120 static ad space here on decor8 for 3 months. The ad will launch along with the all new decor8 blog, I’ve beefed up this little blog and your ad will appear on the new site as it goes forth into the world sometime in July.
Thank you Emily, Marisa, and Tara for inspiring this idea. I can’t wait to see who will donate and how we can all inspire others through this creative recycling project!
(photography by marisa haedike)
In keeping with the theme of my last post, you may enjoy learning about some of my favorite independent textile designers who sell afforable handmade fabric (often by the yard) on Etsy. If you have any to add to this list, please email or comment below so I can edit this post to include them. :) I don’t want to leave anyone out!
Everyone loves Aunty Cookie, including me, so I have to include her in the mix. I adore her work, fabrics and trims alike. She’s amazing.
A Stitch in Dye creates hand-dyed and patterned fabric that you can either purchase by the yard or as quilts, coasters, pillows, table runners, even custom projects. If you are attending the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn, NY this month, you will have a chance to meet the maker and view these gorgeous fabrics up close and personal.
Creature Comforts wrote about Kalla today and so I have to include her in this round up (Ez always finds the best!). Hitomi Kimura is Kalla, a Japanese textile designer based in Japan who designs and hand prints her fabric using water-based ink. I really adore this work.
Pippijoe is an independent designer with background in interior and landscape architecture based in Australia. She makes hand screen printed designs using using environmentally friendly inks on 100% hemp or hemp/cotton mixes that feel like linen. Stunning!
Of Paper and Thread is another favorite of mine. Danielle is a textile designer who freely shares the entire process on her blog. I really like that she sells her fabrics by the meter, you can make whatever you want from roman shades to a bench cushion.
If you love ethnic prints and patterns from India, Saffron Marigold is your shop. They stock everything from shower curtains to duvet covers, pillow shams, sheer curtains, and beyond. They design their own fabric and their artisans hand block print it in small lots. These tab curtains are so pretty for $23!
Bianca van Meeuwen of Hollabee is based in Australia but a native of the Netherlands, her Dutch heritage evident in her design aesthetic. Her clean modern designs are fresh and cheerful. Bianca designs the fabrics herself and has them hand screen printed by a professional screen printer in Melbourne.
Have you heard of Maramiki? She’s new to Etsy and based out of Chicago. I really like her screen printed floral designs, they look great! Welcome to Etsy Maramiki!
Here’s a few more textile designers who sell their own fabrics on Etsy. Just think of the projects you can work on with these lovely goods!
- Cicada Studio (Thanks, Dr. Andy!)
- Lara Cameron, though she just moved her shop I still want to include her since Etsy is where I purchased fabric from her last year. (Thank you for the reminder Bolt and Frolic!)
- Jan DiCintio just told me about her store called Daisy Janie, along with the work of textile designer PataPri, whom I love and forget to include in this list so thanks Jan for emailing me!
- Miko Design in the Netherlands, thank you Erika for sharing your company with us, love your nesting dolls!
I’ll gladly add to this list if you’d like to email or comment below with your favorites.
(images linked above to source)
I am so pleased that Domino magazine talks about the new revolution of fabrics and wallpapers in their current issue — I love that they term this fresh idea in design as ‘So Right Now’ (Domino, Democratic Decorating, pages 39-40, June/July issue) and that they highlight the work of independent designers Erica Wakerly, Twenty2, Of the Young and the Restless, and Rubie Green referring to them as the new revolutionaries. Yay!
With a voice as influential as Domino giving this new design revolution their stamp of approval, perhaps things will continue in this direction and designers will consider producing collections that aren’t to the trade only, something I’ve been hoping would occur for many years now. It’s one of the key reasons why I started writing this blog, I was frustrated with interior design because it was quite inaccessible a few years back, most felt so shut out by their local Design Center and had to work only with professionals for quality materials. This bothered me because I knew that there existed more and I wanted to showcase that, but how? I figured talking about it here would help and so did many other bloggers. I think it was around ’05 that Domino premiered its first issue. Etsy opened its doors. Craft fairs grew in America quite rapidly. More blogs popped up with strong, encouraging voices written by passionate authors. And together, only a few years later, we have all made a difference. Independent designers are challenging the traditional approach to the buying of designer goods, including the availability of quality products like fabric.
I guess you can say that when I opened Domino this weekend and read Democratic Decorating, I felt amazingly proud of us all. Bloggers and designers, book publishers like Chronicle who push so many lesser-known talents into the world, Domino who came in and changed the face of American design magazines (at least in my opinion), Etsy and other indie shopping sites, we should all partake in a global group hug for a moment because our work, our voices, are making a difference. One design blogger or a single magazine would not have brought about this change. We need our global community currently in place to launch our ideas and watch our seeds take root and grow into change. What a great feeling. Can I get an Amen!?
The very thing many of us want are beautiful products not intended only for the pros. This want creates a constant need for a new design mentality resulting in products that meet our needs. And though to-the-trade has its place in design and may stay on the scene for years to come, at least we have more alternatives. Many indie designers and artists are finally able to make a difference, turn a profit, support themselves, and do what they love in the process. Now that we are here, and continuing to make advancement in this area, would you ever go back? Never!
(photograph: holly becker for decor8, fabric from of the young and the restless)
Psst… In case you’re visiting decor8 this weekend I have a little treat for you. It’s the fab work that Laura Su sent over featuring her fashion illustration styled prints. She just threw open her shop doors at Etsy a few days ago. I’m loving goldenrod yellow paired with black right now. I also like the splattering of ink against white paper, it adds movement and dimension to her lovely ladies. Full lips, whispy strands, perfect brows, really nice work.
Congrats, Laura. You just wait and see how people respond to your talent, I see good things for you Ms. Su! Everyone blog about Laura! :)
Edit: I just found out that Laura is the designer behind the lovely Prismera jewelry recently featured in the Boston Globe. Eep! I feel like I’m before a celeb. I adore Laura’s jewelry and didn’t make the connection until a few minutes ago that this is the same lady.
(images from laura su)