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{Mid Century Dream} Hand Printed Fabric

Hannah’s Room- KLT Hand Printed Fabric

I have embarked on a dream job- an on-going custom project to be exact. My love of collaboration, art, hand printed textiles, mid century design, research, full circle connections and friendship have all collided- and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.

I have a friend from high school that moved back to Mount Vernon with his family a few years ago. He has an appreciation for art, architecture, local artists, small business, and friendship- his name is Andy. When Andy was in grade school he had a friend that lived in a very cool house and he remembers falling in love with that house during the many birthday parties and playdates that he attended there. That house is the Brotherton House designed by the well-known artist, Tony Smith in 1944. Tony Smith has an artistic background that is as vast as it is eclectic. From his early days studying at the Arts Student League, immersing himself in the Abstract Expressionist art scene and hanging out with the likes of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, he then decided to pursue his love of architecture and found himself working for Frank Lloyd Wright. Smith went on to become an architect designer & completed the Brotherton House in 1944. As a complete side note: artist Kiki Smith is Tony’s daughter (but that is a different blog post).

Back to my friend, Andy. He and his family just recently bought the Brotherton house! The minute Andy learned it was going on the market, he & his wife, Bonnie snatched it up. Understanding the rich artistic history of this house, and the fact that it has tons of windows, they commissioned me to hand print fabric for window coverings throughout. The KLT mod shapes pattern in yellow was chosen by their daughter, Hannah, who is currently in NYC (& graduated from college today). Juliana, their other daughter who is also away at college, chose the KLT raven pattern for their guest house doors.

Juliana’s Guest House – KLT Hand Printed Fabric- Door 1
Juliana’s Guest House- KLT Hand Printed Fabric – Interior Door 2
KLT Raven Fabric

This project has been a labor of love for all involved. I feel so lucky to be able to contribute a bit of my artistic vision to this iconic house – Andy’s childhood dream house. I can’t wait to see what KLT patterns they choose for other rooms.

Vivian in her KLT neck scarf.

But wait, I didn’t introduce Vivian. I’m pretty smitten with her & felt she needed a scarf out of the extra fabric leftover from Hannah’s yellow room. I think it’s safe to say that she’ll be overseeing all of the future house projects.

{Inspiration} Visual Acoustics…

In my last post about Mr. Rogers, I had mentioned watching two documentaries last weekend to creatively rejuvenate. Being that it’s Friday, I thought I would let you know what the second one was, in case you were in need of some inspiring relaxation this weekend yourself. It was a documentary called Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman. Not only do I love mid-century architecture, but I love photography too. This film will make the modern enthusiast swoon. I have to say, the combination of the Mr. Rogers & Me documentary & this one, was magic. It was a perfect balance in my book.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Happy Father’s Day to all of you awesome dads out there too! 
Photo credits:
1) Case Study House #22 via
2) Julius Shulman & Richard Neutra via 
3) Kaufmann House (Richard Neutra) via 
4) interior via
5) interior via 

{Fabric Friday} Ruth Adler Schnee…

I was flipping through my husbands RISD alumni magazine last night & stumbled on another  treasured textile designer that I was thrilled to learn about. Her name is Ruth Adler Schnee & there was solo show of her work last summer in conjunction with the 2011 Venice Biennale called, A Passion for Color – which was complimented by a documentary film of her life & career.  She attended Rhode Island School of Design in 1942 & was considered a leading textile designer with pioneering designs as an artist. She was also a mother of three. I was  very interested to learn about her circle of friends & fellow collaborators (because I really dig that sort of thing- & they are some of my favorites) : Ray & Charles Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller, & Minoru Yamasaki. She grew up in Germany & her mentor/ childhood friend was Paul Klee (one of my favorite Expressionist painters who was influenced by music). I’m not really sure how I didn’t know about Ruth given she hung out with a lot of my artist/design idols, but I’m really glad I do now. If you are interested in learning more about Ruth, the RISD article below has a lot of links that could keep you busy for a long time. Happy Fabric Friday!  Hope you have a great weekend full of a lot of cool discoveries.
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{Fabric Friday} Lucienne Day…


If you haven’t guessed already, I love researching & learning new things. My latest research obsession is learning more about the British textile designer, Lucienne Day. I often discover things when I’m too busy to really sink my teeth into researching, only to discover them again later- when the timing is right. That’s the case with Lucienne Day. She died last year around this time – which received quite a bit of press. There was an article in Dwell Magazine called, “Britain’s Mid-Century Female Designers” that caught my attention last year. I remember reading it, getting excited, then putting my magazine on the towering stack of Dwell Mags in my studio. I never followed up on the research until this week when I repeatedly found her name pop on my search for vintage fabrics & made that connection. I’m such a huge fan of Ray and Charles Eames and Lucienne Day & her husband Robin are sort of like the British equivalent. While I do love Ray Eames’ textile designs, I think I’m drawn to Lucienne’s designs more….


I’ve always enjoyed reading about creative couples throughout art/design history. I find it interesting to see how they inspire, influence, & nurture each others creative journey. I suppose that’s why I married another artist. I also devour information about women artists & designers that paved the way for me to be doing what I’m doing today. I’m sure this won’t be the last you will hear about Lucienne Day from me- this is just an introduction, as my research has really just begun. I actually have the exhibit catalog from “Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain” on order- can’t wait to get it into my hands. Happy Fabric Friday! Hope you have a weekend full of cool discoveries….

{Fabric Friday} Lucienne Day…


If you haven’t guessed already, I love researching & learning new things. My latest research obsession is learning more about the British textile designer, Lucienne Day. I often discover things when I’m too busy to really sink my teeth into researching, only to discover them again later- when the timing is right. That’s the case with Lucienne Day. She died last year around this time – which received quite a bit of press. There was an article in Dwell Magazine called, “Britain’s Mid-Century Female Designers” that caught my attention last year. I remember reading it, getting excited, then putting my magazine on the towering stack of Dwell Mags in my studio. I never followed up on the research until this week when I repeatedly found her name pop on my search for vintage fabrics & made that connection. I’m such a huge fan of Ray and Charles Eames and Lucienne Day & her husband Robin are sort of like the British equivalent. While I do love Ray Eames’ textile designs, I think I’m drawn to Lucienne’s designs more….


I’ve always enjoyed reading about creative couples throughout art/design history. I find it interesting to see how they inspire, influence, & nurture each others creative journey. I suppose that’s why I married another artist. I also devour information about women artists & designers that paved the way for me to be doing what I’m doing today. I’m sure this won’t be the last you will hear about Lucienne Day from me- this is just an introduction, as my research has really just begun. I actually have the exhibit catalog from “Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain” on order- can’t wait to get it into my hands. Happy Fabric Friday! Hope you have a weekend full of cool discoveries….

{Fabric Friday} Lucienne Day…


If you haven’t guessed already, I love researching & learning new things. My latest research obsession is learning more about the British textile designer, Lucienne Day. I often discover things when I’m too busy to really sink my teeth into researching, only to discover them again later- when the timing is right. That’s the case with Lucienne Day. She died last year around this time – which received quite a bit of press. There was an article in Dwell Magazine called, “Britain’s Mid-Century Female Designers” that caught my attention last year. I remember reading it, getting excited, then putting my magazine on the towering stack of Dwell Mags in my studio. I never followed up on the research until this week when I repeatedly found her name pop on my search for vintage fabrics & made that connection. I’m such a huge fan of Ray and Charles Eames and Lucienne Day & her husband Robin are sort of like the British equivalent. While I do love Ray Eames’ textile designs, I think I’m drawn to Lucienne’s designs more….


I’ve always enjoyed reading about creative couples throughout art/design history. I find it interesting to see how they inspire, influence, & nurture each others creative journey. I suppose that’s why I married another artist. I also devour information about women artists & designers that paved the way for me to be doing what I’m doing today. I’m sure this won’t be the last you will hear about Lucienne Day from me- this is just an introduction, as my research has really just begun. I actually have the exhibit catalog from “Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain” on order- can’t wait to get it into my hands. Happy Fabric Friday! Hope you have a weekend full of cool discoveries….

{Fun} Modern Love…

One of my all time favorite images is Mother & Child by a designer on my top 5 list, Alexander Girard. I love the shapes, the palette, the style, & era in which it was created. I’m also a big fan of Valentines day- and the two fit together for me. So, I made an Etsy Treasury last night that was inspired by both. It’s all about my love of modern design- past & present. I like looking at it so I  thought I would post it here…
You can view this Etsy Treasury live here. Hope you are having a nice weekend! 

{Fun} Modern Love…

One of my all time favorite images is Mother & Child by a designer on my top 5 list, Alexander Girard. I love the shapes, the palette, the style, & era in which it was created. I’m also a big fan of Valentines day- and the two fit together for me. So, I made an Etsy Treasury last night that was inspired by both. It’s all about my love of modern design- past & present. I like looking at it so I  thought I would post it here…
You can view this Etsy Treasury live here. Hope you are having a nice weekend! 

{Fun} Modern Love…

One of my all time favorite images is Mother & Child by a designer on my top 5 list, Alexander Girard. I love the shapes, the palette, the style, & era in which it was created. I’m also a big fan of Valentines day- and the two fit together for me. So, I made an Etsy Treasury last night that was inspired by both. It’s all about my love of modern design- past & present. I like looking at it so I  thought I would post it here…
You can view this Etsy Treasury live here. Hope you are having a nice weekend! 

{Fabric Friday} mid-century modern love…

Mid-century modern is one of my favorite design periods. I go completely bonkers for the furniture in particular but the mid-century aesthetic as a whole, really speaks to me. After all, Ray & Charles Eames are my design heros. 

When I think about mid-century modern design, the fabric that comes to mind first is barkcloth. Many of the classic retro fabrics were printed on the nubby cotton fabric that was popular from the ’50’s-’70’s. I have a little collection of barkcloth in my klt:fabric stash. I have used it for pillows, & curtains in our house but have also been know to make a few mid-century klt:plushies as well. I have recently started using solid barkcloth for some thread drawing pillows & mini plush because I love the great texture.

{ fabric photos via  Full Swing Fabrics & Tonic Living Fabrics }

These four “retro” prints on barkcloth are some of my current favorites that are being printed today. But of course, you can always find some groovy barkcloth fabrics at some antique malls and thrift stores too. Sometimes the hunt is just as fun as finding it. On one of my last trips to Seattle with Chris, we went to a few of our favorite junk stores on the search for some mid-century treasures. While I didn’t find the barkcloth that I was hoping to score, I found a beat up old Eames chair – and boy was that hard to walk away from…  Happy Fabric Friday – hope you have a swingin’ weekend!