Friday, March 24, 2017

Textile Designer: William Morris born 183 years ago

William Morris, textile designer, poet, social activist and one of the main figures of the Arts and Crafts Movement was born on March 24, 1834, 183 years ago.

When I first saw the designs of William Morris, I was immediately in love with his gracefully undulating florals, and stylized design elements inspired by nature.  His design aesthetics influenced my work greatly, and using plants and critters in my wallpaper and fabric design is still my favourite subject matter. 

Photograph of William Morris by Frederick Hollyer, 1884, platinum print. Museum no. 7715-1938, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Photograph of William Morris by Frederick Hollyer, 1884, platinum print. Museum no. 7715-1938, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Windrush  pencil and watercolour sketch for textile design, 1881-83
William Morris Fruit or Pomegranate, 1864
William Morris sketch for Trellis, 1864
William Morris Honeysuckle, 1876

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Custom Fabric

I completed a fabric design titled Japanese Garden for Spoonflower's contest last spring and won the contest! Since then, various colour ways of this fabric have been used for different projects. One of the projects was to recolour the fabric to match a client's room. I was working with Frances Pusch Fine Sewing for Interiors, a lovely lady from Maine (also a fan of dogs!!!) on this project. We had to achieve a "Chinese Red" to match her client's walls in a beautiful old house. The fabric is going to be used for drapes and upholstery.

Here are some of the images of the work in progress. I'm excited to see more as the project progresses! 

Japanese Garden in "Chinese Red" for Frances Push Fine Sewing for Interiors. Photo by Frances Pusch.

First attempt a the Red colour version for the Japanese Garden available at Spoonflower.

The final colour adjustment for Frances' project. We had to scale the print down from 14" to 13.25". This version is also available at Spoonflower.

The gray version of the Japanese Garden. This is on Linen Cotton for upholstery. 

The original images from Spoonflower. Image by Spoonflower.


My chair for the Chair Affair at the end of October 2016. I used the gray version of the fabric and painted the back of the chair.

Me and my chair at the Chair Affair 2016 Gala at Casalife. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Custom rug project finished!

I've had a couple of posts about the journey we had to get these two custom rugs to our clients. They were finished in the fall, damaged by shipping, and at the end REDONE and shipped by my manufacturer AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE! Here are the finished rugs in their room settings in the homes of two very happy clients! 
Photographs by Tobi Brockway Interiors. 

This hand-knotted rug was created to match the Robert Allen fabric on the couch. Interior design and photo by Tobi Brockway Interiors.

This Rhapsody rug is a large 8' x 9' tufted in it's room setting. It was inspired by Hungarian folk art. Photo by Tobi Brockway Interiors

This Rhapsody rug is a large 8' x 9' tufted in it's room setting. It was inspired by Hungarian folk art. Interior design and photo by Tobi Brockway Interiors.