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Red Bridge Studio

Tyshawn Henry wrote in this morning about Red Bridge Studio, her Brooklyn-based textile and surface design studio. Thank you for introducing your work, Tyshawn!


Inspired by New Zealand using vivid greens and blues, the Maize and Kelp patterns are her latest designs. Each item at Red Bridge Studio is individually screen printed and made by hand.

Wonderful work!

(images from red bridge studio)

Posted in etsy, textiles on June 05, 2008
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Baby’s Got a Hip New Crib

If you are a Boston local and subscribe to the Globe, you’ll find something I pulled together today called Baby’s Got a Hip New Crib in the Style & Arts section. Products featured include items for the nursery from Sparkability, Right Start, Design Public, Ouef, Three Potato Four, Butch & Harold, and 2Modern.

Posted in uncategorized on June 05, 2008

Paraphernalia

I know it’s jewelry but I can’t resist sharing Paraphernalia with you. First of all the name. I’ve always loved the word Paraphernalia and used to dream of owning a shop under this very name. It’s wonderful to say, isn’t it?


It’s also happens to be the name of a small business based in Manchester, England. Paraphernalia specializes in unusual jewelry for men and women. Clearly inspired by vintage illustration and nature, they delight in the uncanny and the odd, combining the beautiful with the bizarre. Little works of art on cut acrylic… Ah, so nice.

Paraphernalia… A beautiful word for a an equally charming little jewelry business.

(images from paraphernalia)

Posted in fashion + accessories on June 05, 2008

Meet Pretty Little Things

I’d love for you to meet a lady who turned her passion into a small business. Her name is Lori Marie, the artist/designer behind the California-based business Pretty Little Things. Based in Oakland, Lori started out as an aerospace engineering major at UCSD and decided to take some art classes, “to balance out my math and science courses,” Lori said. “It wasn’t long before I realized that my passion for innovation and creativity was better applied to pattern making than rocket science…so I transferred to FIDM in San Francisco and graduated with a degree in fashion design instead.” This is a lady who followed her heart! Would you like to know a little bit more about Lori and see her work studio? Sure you would. ;)

Some of Lori’s handmade creations.

How did you get started after your studies at FIDM?
Lori: My first design job was as a pattern maker for a leather handbag company called Libaire. I learned a little bit about everything in this position since I hand drafted all the patterns and worked directly with the sewers to see the designs through production. I needed a change after 2 years and so I began freelancing as a textile artist for Pottery Barn Kids. I got the job the old fashioned way, through the classifieds, followed by a series of interviews and … Voila! I worked with them for over 4 years doing hand embroidery and appliqu? samples for childrens’ bedding collections. I am currently working with a brand called Whistle&Wink (launched in 2007 by the original design director for Pottery Barn Kids), in addition to creating handmade designs under my own label of course.

This is where the magic happens, in her little art house. How sweet is this!?

What inspires your work?
Lori: I am inspired by all sorts of stuff, but mostly by print and pattern. I like to combine interesting colors with unexpected details to create fun and functional pieces of art.

Any favorite designers/artists on your radar right now?
Lori: There is certainly no shortage of inspiration online these days and you never know where you might end up after a series of links. I love to search aimlessly through etsy listings when I need a good dose of inspiration. I am constantly adding to my list of faves.

Here are some of her favorite spots in her art studio…

What is the best business advice you’ve heard and applied to your own business?
Lori: I think it’s easy to get lost in the crowd with so many talented ladies willing to share a glimpse of their world with us through blogging. It can be a challenge to stand out and sometimes I wonder where I fit in. I have to remember not to compare myself too much to others, but just keep on doing what I love and hope it will shine through. {note: Lori’s blog can be found here.)

Where do you sell your work?

Lori: Since I still make each and every pretty little thing by hand, I sell them exclusively through my etsy shop.

Any advice for those looking to start their own business?
Lori: You better make sure that you LOVE what you do because you will eat sleep and breathe it!


Psst: Lori was on the Martha show this past February, here’s a project of hers that you can try yourself at home!

Thank you Lori for visiting us here on decor8 and a special word of thanks to reader Michele for telling me about Lori in the first place!

I’d also like to mention that Lori makes a super point about how one can easily start comparing their work to that of others and what a downer that can be. I think many of us battle with this tendency, it’s human. When you find yourself doing this think of what Karl Lagerfeld once said to pull yourself in and regain focus, “Personality begins when comparison ends”.

(images from lori marie)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Home Tours, interviews on June 05, 2008

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