ROM123- SO MANY THANKS! e

Posted on May 18, 2011

 

I am so so excited. Yesterday in my mailbox I received the greatest package! rom 123 sent me two sample mags of my little blurp! DAISY THORN ORANGE FRAMED PRINT+ BUNNY BOO KIDDO PILLOW made the cut and is in MAY 2011 // page 15!

I am a HUGE fan of this Norwegian interior magazine. Thank you ETSY for putting my name out there for this amazing little blurp. SO so excited! e

http://www.etsy.com/listing/55556428/bunny-boo-kiddo-10-teal-hand-screened

Number 7 is here!

Posted on May 12, 2011

Well it’s that time of year again and B’s birthday is coming right up!

We love coming up with new ideas for parties and this year we are doing BACKYARD CAMPING. We have a giant tent-smores and all night to have fun and eat as many marshmallows as possible!

I will post images from the campfire next week–so excited for this one!

(Going to be a intimate  gathering of a  few girls from B’s class–no boys allowed:)

ENJOY. e











APRIL SHOWERS FINALLY

Posted on April 24, 2011

I wanted to start Thank you LOTUS BLEU Home Decor & Interior Design for your amazing first order–”Erin” pillows going to San Francisco! Thanks Ben Ray, (West Coast Rep) for this amazing HUGE order! Mas and I are so excited! VERY excited to get the line in San Francisco, California! Please check them out. I have been obsessing over this shop. They have everything I have ever swooned over and more that I have just discovered. So please, if you are in the area and love loads of color and style–stop by, buy a pillow and support a gal that whole heartedly loves to design things that speak directly to your soul and make your home more alive.

Another fantastic shop, this one on this side of the US map, HOME CHIC. A Fresh; Hip Home Decor shop to funkify your home with beautiful, unusual and functional pieces. Located on Chautauqua Lake, in Mayville, NY.  My new New England rep, the very sweet and amazing Bonnie Woods our of Duxbury MA, just sold a great first order to NANTUCKET LOOMS which was established in 1968 as a weaving studio producing high-quality textile fabrics. Until it became a private enterprise, the looms were under the direction of the Nantucket Historical Trust and fabrics created there were used for the renovation of the historic Jared Coffin House. Co. Now it is an amazing retail shop that is full of local artists and has amazing interior design services.

Oh My! I am FREAKING OUT OVER THESE PICS that just came in. Nathalie Weston, (amazing interior designer in Hong Kong) just sent me some final images of the little girls room she designed for the daughter of shop owner: SIDEWALK in Gough Street in Soho, Hong Kong. She contacted me to do this 20″ Hot Pink BUNNY BOO! Which I of course fell in love with! (the girls fought over the first few so we printed and made up a few more for them!) Nathalie is super amazing and great to work with AND has exceptional taste and style and recently featured in ELLE DECOR HONG KONG. A few pics of her home. Scroll down to see the ELLE Cover and the following images of are her amazing home. She mentioned that this space below will also be in ELLE DECOR and so that would be insane–so I hope to post those at some point in the near future.

New England Home as well as Fresh Style Magazine have contacted me. New England Home just featured me this past Friday on Friday Favorites 4/22/2011 and also in the magazine come out this Summer.

Fresh Style Magazine interviewed me for a up and coming blurp. I gave them a ton of pillows and they shot them and not sure what they will use for what but hope they send me spreads of the completed magazine to show you! The design concept behind this brand new mag is to feature new and up and coming designers–a lot of it hand made–really apart of this ETSYmovement we are seeing. It’s amazing how many etsy web links you see in magazines and shopping design blogs that all stalk etsy designers and feature all the cool and new things people are dreaming up. This alone is exciting for all of us just starting out trying to get our things out into the world so people all over can enjoy them. I thank ETSY so much for letting it be easy for all of us to do amazing things. I hope this new movement will keep more jobs and wares here in the US. We’ll see.

The last set of images is Mas (amazing beautiful husband) AKA-silk screener-printer–and all around manager of all things that I tend to not be good at ha ha. Printing a series of prints for LOTUS among some others. New colors are Robins Egg Blue in the Daisy Thorn print as well as expanding the ASHLEY PINE into my famous funky green and brown. (Mustard Pea/Black Coffee). And I am thinking of only doing BUNNY BOO in Hot Pink instead of the light pink but will do both until my inventory is done. I love the GIGI the KITTEN in light pink…seems to be a great combination with the rest of the little critters. And you also see the famous MR. NUT in Orange..which of course I love, (orange is my all time favorite color).

It seems as if Spring has finally hit Maine. The snow is gone and rain has set in. Here at the Flett house we are digging in the dirt a little or maybe I should say a lot..I am working on a crushed granite patio edged with recycled granite pavers from the streets of the OLD PORT here in Portland, Maine. They are like bricks only bigger and super cool. I have managed to collect a 4-5 tons in the past few years lining every inch of my perennial beds out front. But I was missing a space to hang out while the kids played–and having a huge plot of grass to play with I decided we could do a little less mowing–so I am in the process of digging out the grass and creating the shape of the patio. I will post before and after shots when completed which I pray will be this week. My grandmother gave me a sweet iron table with two little chairs that will be perfect. They sit out front now–just begging to be put somewhere cool. I want to tackle the 4 acres behind us too–ha ha but I will leave that to the big boys with chain saws. (Just a little cutting here and there so we can actually see the paths better would be amazing..)

I am about to start working with ACORN, designing the SPRING 2012 Catalog as well as art directing some great new photoshoots..so I will post those as they happen. Should be so fun and I couldn’t be more happier working with such an amazing company. I am finishing up the prints for SAVANNAH TAILS

I have also been working on a round pillow sample–so excited about it as well as simplifying the line and mixing it up a bit in the FALL. Not sure where all this will take me but I am excited to start designing again for my own pillows. Mas and I have our first large screen and continuing to practice doing yardage. I am challenged by the cost of the ground fabric and how much I need to do some things that I feel would be super cool. What you ask? Shower curtains for starters, duvets, hmmm. A bark cloth duvet would be the ultimate lux set up I think. But I will start reupholstering all these antique chairs I have. I have a new one to pick up at the goodwill that is a gem in the rough that I am sure Mas will roll his eyes at–kinda rough but it’s shape is spectacular. Receiving a few inquiries via ETSY and some local interior designers..so I know this avenue will be something I will really focus on in the coming year.

The girls are amazing and growing like weeds. We had a recent photoshoot with WINKY LEWIS. She is super lovely and if you ever have a chance to work with her, please go for it! She captured the girls in such a light that makes my heart sing. I will post those soon..but I wanted to give DESIGN*SPONGE first peek since they asked to feature me in the SNEAK PEAK some Monday in the near future. I am a HUGE HUGE FAN and of course said YES–PLEASE PLEASE! Felt a tad of anxiety since our home is modest–and of course we all feel like our own stuff is cool or speaks to us or to others about who we are–but always interesting when someone looks at your space to see if it makes some visual cut–which to me was a little painful waiting..but Winky did it up and really captured the best little nooks and places in our house that I feel really tell our story here in Maine. I think that is what a home is, everyone’s little story–and how we live with our things we collect over the years tells something about us that is unique, sweet and wonderful. I love junk as you know, so cutting through that and editing down to the bare minimum has always been a challenge for me. But with out all this STUFF and things and memories and thoughts and life…my work would be mindless, heartless and mean nothing–so in theory, all of this and my work is a reflection of my heart and how I live– or how we live as a family. Anyway, Winky was divine. And the images speak for themselves.

I will close for now, sorry for the gush. I have not written in a while and with so much happening day to day, nice to reflect for a moment and really get a handle on what has happened in the last few weeks and what is happening now. Having a family and doing freelance design work, textile work…pillows…all of it…gets a little nuts around here to say the least but like I always say to Maslen..I wouldn’t have it any other way and I think the girls thrive on all of the “doing” around here–“or what B says–“doing what we love”–

Happy Easter Everyone. xo e

 

NEW WORK / HAPPENINGS!

Posted on March 27, 2011

I have been working madly at some new prints for SAVANNAH TAILS. After working on the Chinese Outdoor textile prints a few weeks ago, it was the first time I really focused on drawing. So nice to get into this mode. I work a lot with graphic design clients so I had a nice little break. It seems like the perfect storm of graphic clients and surface design clients. Both some how balance me out and make me very happy.

I was also contacted this week by ETSY Press Request – rom123 (Norway) Trender i 2011 – Etnisk chic og dyrisk natur – Rom123 – klikk.no I hope they end up using the images I sent them. They loved the Daisy Thorn pillow + the Bunny Boo pillow. They also like the framed prints…The designer told me she would be sending me a magazine so that will be super wonderful! Love love this mag–so stay tuned for that!

I have hired a few reps finally for the textile line. I have been holding out but I feel it’s time since I am on the phone so much–(which I love) and looking to find the perfect shop to have the pillows. A great personal quest. But because I am only one person I have to realize that in order to get my work out there, I may need help ha ha. I am a bit of a control freak and love to connect with shop owners, interior designers–anyone who really gets design and of course anyone who is drawn to textural bliss of bark cloth and funky graphics.

RECENT VINTAGE FIND: I also found a vintage round + square pillow that must of gone on some mid century little number. I obviously fell in love so I am having my stitcher comp one up for me. I have this round illustration that is similar to my square illustration that will be a perfect background to some funky bold pillows that are small and sweet–that will balance the line out I think–I want to have a smaller, more economical mod pillow but with all the extra detailing of the cording and such, they seem to be a bit time consuming. BUT I am in love with the shape and will show you what I come up with.

I am also been stalling on the yardage for the moment but will hop back on the Stacked Deco print for Carol Bass. The custom screens that are HUGE are still not here. They will be 62″x 32″. I am so so excited to get going on this first print– Alfred’s Upholstery & Lamp; Company – Custom built furniture and upholstering is designing the chair that will be featured in this new office space here in Maine…I will have more details on the event. I love that this will be my first upholstery piece that will be done in my fabric with the bark cloth. I am also hooking up eventually with CHAIRLOOM in New York. Molly is amazing and hopefully as soon as I am done with some serious yardage she will be putting it on something perfect that she finds..(she puts amazing hand screened fabrics on vintage pieces that she finds all over!).

A nice shout out to one sydney road – Home. A nice SPRING order is coming as of yesterday! Piper Toth has been a huge Erin Flett friend and I just adore her shop! Please check out her online shop and please tell her I said hello!

Just for fun I wanted to show you some posters I did for the up and coming HOME DESIGN MID COAST SHOW  that Maine Home & Design Magazine is putting on. I did all the branding for this event a few months ago and just opened MH&D Mag this month and found it on the first page. Very cool. If you don’t know about this amazing Maine Mag–please check it out! These are still comp versions. (logos at the bottom are FPO’s). But you get the idea. Or better yet, check it out in PRINT for real.

Thanks for stopping by–hopefully next post I will have awesome yardage photos, a ton of new wholesale accounts and new work to show! e

 

Textile Designers: 10 Women to Watch

Posted on March 03, 2011

I had to post this and thank Apartment Therapy’s Marketplace + Sarah Coffey for selecting me: Textile Designers: 10 Women to Watch. I am shocked and honored and can’t believe I am on the same page as these other amazing women! Thank you, thank you so so much! Please click the link above and check out these other designers that are changing the textile world.

I showed Breshia (my 6 year old) this little post and tried to explain the significance to her…explaining that now more then ever this dream of mine is coming around to something that could possibly change our lives forever–that just maybe my little pillows have a voice. I know very dramatic—but everyone that makes anything-no matter what it is, has a distinct opportunity to say SOMETHING–could be anything. I want my prints to make people smile and feel connected…every imperfection and drawn element–collaged together…I want them to feel relevant and bring something in a home that needs to be there–something that was missing before?

Anyway, enough ramblings..gotta get B ready for school–just a serious heart felt thank you for selecting me…it just pushes me to continue what I have been dreaming up for so long–just gives more solid ground and confirmation that I am not totally out of my mind!

Thank you so much. e


Goodbye February-Hello March

Posted on March 01, 2011

Hello-finally able to take a breath and just catch up–finally caught up–well sorta. Ready for March and all the things I have been meaning to get done. My mind races trying to gather all the things that I want to work on and all the million things that I am inspired by each day. The snow continues to fall here–it’s relentless, but somehow it is a time of reflection and solitude. I cherish my time alone in my studio as well as time spent reading books with my kiddos, helping with homework and talking shop with Mas. I am finding the simplest things so spectacular and appreciating having this slight lull.

Just finished a few projects..the Chinese textile prints for the outdoor + interior industry here in the US are just completed–it was amazing amazing amazing and I’m so so excited to continue. I pray that they sell so I can keep going. It has been a dream/goal of mine to do fabric–yardage and the past few years I have done a fair share and can honestly say it is something that I feel is apart of me in way that just can’t be described. Designing patterns that go into homes becomes so significant to me since the life span is more then 30 seconds and all the hard work going into a design is appreciated on a totally different level. I think that is what makes it so gratifying. Plus drawing all day is pretty much all I want to do these days–the other few projects I have completed is the new ID for Canal 5 Studio or C5S, a new architecture firm here in Portland Maine. A great amazing group of people–hoping to do some custom interior stuff–we talked about doing some funky pillows to go into the new space–in a lounge conference area–which sounds completely sweet so hopefully that will come around. Also finished with the MUSTARD HOUSE web design which will launch this SPRING. I am totally in love with it. On another note–AU, the killer bag company that I have done two custom prints for, is coming out with a third floral print this SPRING in some kick ass colors. I am going to get well–not sure but I love the lemon yellow, olive + and the blue is pretty amazing—as soon as we get some prototypes of the new print + colors I will post.

The newest up and coming things are prints for the NASHVILLE TAILS I spoke of last time–going to start really digging in this week. I have done tons of research and now ready to work out my first sketch round. Think MOD and MODERN with a hand drawn eclectic something—I love Dimple, one of the owners…so far have had some amazing conversations with her. I have some other graphic design kicking around but always hoping for new cool projects to round out all the other stuff…

And finally working on some custom yardage projects for local interior designers and finally on top of doing STACKED DECO–and I think Mas and I are going to try doing a few shower curtain prototypes. I have been wanting to do them for awhile..so not in love with what I have found out there–I have two new stitchers lined up which has been great and helpful to keep up with mad orders…It’s an art that I just admire—wish I could sew. I see such craftsmanship and skill with my moms things, and hiring others is amazing. I love creating things to sell and it’s so so fun working with talented people. I will post on them soon–they deserve more then a little mention…

Also been selling wholesale to a bunch of new shops and getting reorders from existing shops getting ready for Spring. I hope to focus on this a lot more in the coming weeks. I love connecting with shop owners and just plain talking pillows—ha ha. I know, how much can one talk about that but honestly I am still obsessed with them and hope to let go of this first line of prints and launch all the new stuff I have done…I may just start doing designs that are fresh in the middle of seasons. I get bored so fast and love the idea of a limited edition of some prints just to see how they do. Adding the framed prints, poster prints has been great and hope to add things that make sense in the future—the girls are still dreaming up new kiddo prints–almost daily these days! I have a list I am sure we will never print but who knows—

I am so so thrilled to be written up by Apartment Therapy last week. One of my all time favorite sites for cool shops all over and just an amazing fabulous resource for all things homeness. You can read the little blurp here: Patterned Throw Pillows by Erin Flett Designer Profile | Apartment Therapy New York

So thankful they did not toss my first constant contact email blast and wrote about me. So amazing–I can’t tell you how many pubs contacted me. I was amazed…I honestly believe that this internet thing has changed the game in launching your own stuff. It has changed the way things get out into the world. We all have a little ADD since we get what we want in a flash and move on. That is the deal–you need to be more then a flash and keep people wanting more…keeping things fresh and current and constantly challenging yourself–but honestly. Getting up and doing what you do best and throwing it out–even if it’s just to get it out of your head–life is seriously about taking these insane leaps and just trusting that where ever you land is where you need to be at that very moment.

I have met some amazing people lately, connecting with souls that are striving and doing what they love. I do believe we are who we surround ourselves with. I hope to continue to meet others who demand life to be what it needs to be and keep down this path. All I want is to keep working and spend time with my family and friends. Life is just about that simple these days for me.

Taking it all in, one day at a time. Loving every minute of the Flett madness. e

 

Breshia’s Room + Recent Happenings

Posted on February 05, 2011

January was a blur and now settling into a new schedule and routine–visions of yardage silk screening, more pillow silk screening printing, poster printing…getting new wholesale accounts–updating website–dreaming up new patterns and working on some outdoor fabric prints for a Chinese Manufacturer–QSTYLE. The line will be small at first and hopefully expand. The prints will be focused on the US Market–getting a fresh new line of prints out there for outdoor fabrics. I am also creating different colorways for existing prints they have currently…putting a fresh spin on them. They seemed to love my colorways in my prints and really have let me pull comps together with a very modern, but vintage inspired colorways that scream american and outdoor worlds.

I am also been asked to license some new prints for SAVANNAH TAILS a brand new lux brand of dog collars + leashes and eventually accessories. I love the concept of this new line that will feature a few designers/artists like myself that will launch a few lines along with the other prints that they have chosen to work with for SPRING/SUMMER 2011.

I have also been working on some new brand identities–a new architecture firm here in Portland and a beautiful brand for a existing shop, THE MUSTARD HOUSE that will have a fresh new look and feel—working on the website now. I will show and tell soon. Below are the first round of web home page comps that have not been approved. Pam is still pondering what look and feel she wants to go for. I personally love all of them but especially love the last one with the more layered look. The card will be a sweet dye cut that will also be a hang tag. What I love about Pam Haines is that her style is multi-faceted collaging the old with the new creating a shopping experience unlike anything I have seen.

 

And because I love taking all my vintage finds, grandma gifts and all things sweet. I wanted to share Breshia’s room. My lovely 6 year old that has a totally different room then Ary’s obviously–her colors are soft and quiet, sweet with a touch of whimsy. Her room has evolved a lot since her toddler days but now as a big 6 year old we have collected a cottage vintage bed that was painted this amazing blue–with hand painted florals…I fell in love with this bed at a junk shop in Limington before B was even born. I brought it home and Maslen was totally in shock since it’s obviously a bed for a little girl and NOT a baby ha ha. But somehow I convinced him it was one of a kind and we had to have it–(a speech I give often and I typically win out–and have the Mr. Flett load it in the truck!).

So the bed came first and the rest followed. The old green wainscoting cupboard was a very dirty white or cream—it came from my moms finds collected for her antique shop that she was ready to part with. So I painted it apple green and pink inside just for fun–she loved it and I had a blast painting it.

I added the white little dresser recently with a vintage mirror that I painted white along with the antique plates my grandmother gave me that she said her mother gave her. I am so so in love with them. They are very sweet and have the loveliest colors. They don’t fit anywhere in my house since they are so so sweet but they seemed to scream Breshia so I hung the set on her wall.

I found the other things–old ladder chair, floral oil painting and the cool vintage hair salon box all at random garage sales and junk shops. Her bedding is Liz Claiborne and I really  love the shabby chic linens that have extra deep pockets for her fat bed that have amazing details like the 6″ ruffle edges.  The new framed prints of the kiddo pillows are hung over her bed as she requested and the pink DAISY THORN pillow to top it off for all her evening book reading. (Notice Ary picked the same print but in Orange–) I love her room…it’s soothing and sweet but I am sure once she is a bit older she will find treasures of her own. For now I love her art work hung on the walls–(king and queen illustration of mas and i–gotta love that and of course I hung I LOVE MOM on the wall as well. I don’t think this will last but it’s amazing and great for now that she thinks we are the king and queen. Ary the other day asked if Daddy was my prince—and of course I said yes. Isn’t this why we put things together–for the stories and soul it gives a room?

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