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DESIGN PROCESS

Hello from an old Maine cotton mill! I begain my career as a freelance GRAPHIC DESIGNER. After discovering silkscreening, I started printing my designs on fabric with my husband, Maslen, in our basement. That was 5 years ago, and having outgrown our home studio, we have moved into our NEW STUDIO overlooking the Presumpscot River.

We weave all our cotton fabrics in North Carolina and silkscreen each piece one at a time. My graphic design influence continues to be a major component to how I approach textile design, but my original love of painting continues to be the foundation, and I mix custom colors by hand, ensuring consistent color and quality. Each design tells a bit of a story about life in a unique way. Each person that touches my life becomes part of the visual tapestry of my work. I continue to take on graphic design projects that inspire me, an activity that I believe adds to my art.

I often leave things undone or imperfect. I like to keep my work simple, rough and unpolished, not overly refined and hard-edged. I want people to know that I was there. I use both type and illustrated elements, marrying art and graphic design in my work. I like to consider myself a visual collecter of dreams, thoughts, ideas, funky vintage gems that capture my heart and bring a bold sense of color and design. I make things to share. I think about what brings me joy and I try to work that into my drawings and compositions. I want things to be happy, peaceful, mindful and truly a reflection of inspired living.

 

EVERY STEP HAS A STORY

Each step of our creative process is infused with energy, and we believe that our customers feel this when their items arrive in their homes. We hope that our products make you smile as you open them up, and then again when you walk by or use them in your home. We want you to LOVE seeing them, we want them to bring you comfort and joy, as they give your space a POP of color and design.

Every pillow you buy tells the story of the folks who help to create it; from the people who weave the fabrics, print the designs, or stitch the pieces, to those who manufacture the zippers. These are all small American businesses, and by choosing to work with them, we all bolster the local economy. This is why buying local matters to us.

 

OUR FABRICS

NATURAL BARK CLOTH

Barkcloth is a generic term used in the textile industry to describe the nubby, bark-like texture of a 100% cotton open crepe weave. After much research, I found a local mill who sells this heavy textured soft cotton fabric using a modern loom that has been retrofitted to replicate the highest quality barkcloths of the 1940’s and ’50’s. It is an incredibly soft and luxurious fabric with a wonderful drape, and is woven in the USA.

 

NATURAL CANVAS

Our high-grade canvas is made to match the natural off-white color of our popular Barkcloth. Woven in the USA.

 

VELVET

This medium weight, apparel-grade fabric is baby-soft, with an amazing drape. While the fabric is machine-washable, we suggest hand-washing, due to the intricate details.

 

LINEN

Our linen is sourced from the finest mills in Europe, and comes in many different colors and weights.

 

RUGS

Our rugs are hand-tufted and hand-knotted with the highest quality and craftsmanship, by a small group of weavers in India. Woven with New Zealand wool, each piece is signed on the back by the person who made it. We began our journey into rugmaking gradually, nurturing our relationship with the makers, and creating small runs for those near and dear to us. We are now able to take custom orders.

 

GLASSES:

Our glasses are all made in the USA, silk screened with SOY INKS, one at a time. They are dishwasher-safe and lead-free. Perfect for everyday use!

 

MAINE MADE

All of our printing is done here, in our small Maine studio. Local stitchers help with construction. Our goal is to continue the long tradition of making and designing here in Maine. The energy here is just different—from the old cobblestone streets and brick buildings, to the trees that speak to you on long walks in the woods.

Maine’s art and design community is thriving. It is the ideal setting for a designer. This is why Maslen and I were driven to move here after college. We were young and single, and had a dream of raising a family and building a meaningful business here. We have a TRUE COMMITMENT to the simple, unspoiled life we share. My grandfather taught me the importance of keeping things local. I hope that I am making him proud.