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Thursday
Jul172014

Rangemark Textiles

I've given my friend Nan Myers the title, Sweet Peach Scout whether she likes it or not. She owns the incredible shop, Firefly, in Thomasville, Georgia and is the creative hand behind some beautiful events and weddings. So when she went to AmericasMart last weekend, I wanted the scoop on her new favorite artisans. 

The first name to arise was Kathryn Allison of Rangemark Textiles in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Using a screen printer, Kathryn hand prints the loveliest textiles for the home, all on 100% organic linen. 

Kathryn has always had a love of drawing and is enamored by the screen printing process. As she shared, "Even though the process is meticulous and time consuming, the magic comes to life when I lift the screen off the fabric and see my design transferred onto it." 

I believe one can never have enough cloth napkins. Kathryn offers five pretty patterns in her shop- Peonies, Arrows, Tear Drop, Feather and Frond.   

And if tea towels and cloth napkins weren't enough, Kathryn also prints table runners, pillows, headbands and keychains. See all her offerings, here. And a big thank you to my Sweet Peach Scout, Nan Myers. I can't wait for your next pick...

 

Photos: Rangemark Textiles site      Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Feb132014

Silas Tom @ Society 6

Clever is the first word that pops into my head when I see a Rob Wilson creation. All of his design work is bold, playful and without fail, clever. Always. Which is why you need to follow his Instagram account if you're not already. It's fun to see what his ingenious mind thinks up next...

I've been following his stationery line for a couple years but now it's nice to see many of his illustrations picked up by Society 6. There, you can purchase his work, now feartured on clocks, totes, canvases, shirts and pillows. 

I'm personally loving the clocks as a perfect way to add something bold into your space. Above is Hounds Tooth + Teal and Mister Hipster.

As I'm looking forward to spring and still wondering why I don't live closer to the equator, Rob's work offers that extra dose of sunshine I need- especially now, as Atlanta and much of the South deals with another freezing cold week. Warm up, here

 

Photos: Silas Tom       Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Jan222014

Block Printing with Kari Fisher

Beautiful fabrics tend to stop me in my tracks, particularly ones that translate an artist's unique, creative spirit.

These one of a kind pillows and fabrics have all been crafted by the hand of Kari Fisher, in a style I was not all that familiar with. Until now...

Last Monday on a visit to AmericasMart in Atlanta, I came upon a booth of colorful, eye catching fabrics. I asked the woman there how they were made and she replied, "this is hand block printing." I then asked (hoping the origin would be southern), "from where?" but she said, "India." So...I instagrammed a shot of this fabric I'm now obsessing over to ask who in the South does this? Lucky for me, I got a reply...

Turns out, Kari Fisher lives just a few miles away from me in the Virginia Highlands area of Atlanta. On a recent visit to her home, I learned how Kari was an interior designer for six years before starting her own business in crafting block prints for pillows and custom pieces. 

Block printing has been around for thousands of years with origins in India, China and Japan. The earliest surviving examples come via China, which date back to before the year 220. This art form became popular and lasting as the artist at hand was able to create vibrant, intricate designs without the need for multiple tools or arduous processing. Plus, the results were immediate and impressive. 

A lover of art history, Kari taught herself how to block print and when I asked what she loved about it, she shared that it's "causal, flexible and impefect." As each imprint is done by hand, there will always be variations in coloring, texture and alignment. That's what makes each piece uniquely beautiful. Plus, as Kari will attest, it's an inexpensive business (or hobby) to start as materials needed are minimal and the medium provides incredible flexibilty in playing with pattern, color and fabric.  

What's beautiful too is how Kari can take an ancient art and make it feel modern and accessible. The colors and designs she creates are very fresh and in demand, yet still feel timeless. These are well made textiles that are made to be passed on, generation to generation. 

Kari has bunches of cool wooden blocks that she has designed throughout her workshop. It just made me want to sit down with a block of wood and knife and start carving...


Kari made this incredible elephant pillow for One Kings Lane, which was recently featured in their shop. I'm a sucker for this Draper pattern too which is a geometric Greek key print. Plus, how can you say no to turquoise? 

It was certainly a thrill to take a sneak peek into the workspace of a block print artist and learn more about this amazing art form (that I hope to see more of). Kari doesn't know another artist in the state of Georgia that does what she does and believes there are currently very few hand block artists thoughout the US. 

All of Kari's creations are handmade using 100% linen fabric. As an Interior Designer by trade, Kari custom makes much of her work for designers throughout the state and beyond. So whatever your heart's desire- if you want a specific hand block print made in a particular color and size with this or that fabric and embellishment- she's your girl. Bookmark her site as she'll be expanding her line of wares this year to include napkins, tea towels and fabrics by the yard. And thank you Kari- not only for teaching yourself this lovely, ancient art form, but for answering my Instagram!

 

Photos: karifisherdesigns.com and Sweet Peach       Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Oct012013

Pillows by Colette Bream

Cute, cuddly and portable are perfect adjectives to describe a good kid's gift- which is why I love the handcrafted pillow creations of Colette Bream

Based in Kent Island, Maryland, Colette designs and crafts all her pillows by hand using natural materials. Each creature, thing or flower is made with 100% lambswool and 100% polyester stuffing. They come in different sizes too- some at just 10" tall, others as big as 26". 

Inspired by her own daughter, Colette has created these pillows to help nurture every child's vivid and vast imagination. Her things and creatures have personalities and unlimited stories to tell...over and over again. 

Peruse Colette's entire shop, which includes organic bedding, artwork and more cozy fun items for play and pretend, here.

 

Photos: Colette Bream     Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Sep062013

Soma Goods 

My friend Bradley texted me a couple of weeks ago and told me how I needed to meet with Jen Soong of Soma Goods. She, along with a refugee community of women artisans, create pretty pillows using upcycled global fabrics, many of which are Indian saris. I arrived at her Decatur, Georgia home last week...

Jen is a very kind and generous soul. It was clear from the moment we met that she created this company to do good. Her mission is three fold- to help the planet (by reusing fabrics), to help women (she employs refugee women in the Atlanta community to sew the products) and to help the community as a whole (at least 10% of each sale goes to her non profit partners, Fugees Family and Global Village Project). She's a gem.  

Jen "I hope to appeal to people who care about the world but also love an artful home." Her pillows come in four sizes; 12 x 16, 12 x 20, 18 x 18 and 20 x 20. She's also happy to custom make any pillow using your own favorite piece of fabric.

As sari's are often only worn on special occasions, there is a plethora of extra ones available. She finds many donated from within her community. Sari's are usually 5-6 yards in length, so the women artisans are able to make 10-15 pillows from just one donated sari. They also utilize upcyled fabrics from Africa, Japan and China. 

Jen and her team also handcraft scarves and accessories, just click here to learn more. What I love about Jen is she has a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of ideas. Having a desire to create a space for local artisans to share their wares, she also created Root City Market in Atlanta (the next one is Saturday, September 14) I can't wait to go... she's an artist doing good in so many ways. From a text to a visit at her front door, I had no idea what I would find. It looks like a new friend and a ton of inspiration...

 

Photos: Josh Meister; August & Jean Photography; Sweet Peach        Content: Sweet Peach

 

Wednesday
Aug072013

Cat Studio

Delving into various retail over the years, Terrell and Carmel Swan of Cat Studio have found their niche in hand embroidered maps. I particularly love their playful and colorful pillows, which depict all 50 states, plus various cities, regions, national parks and countries around the globe. I'm privy to the Southern locales myself...

Terrell (who grew up in Texas and Mississippi) and Carmel (from Hawaii), found inspiration for their designs from vintage souvenir pillows of the 30's and 40's. Plus, they have a combined love for travel and endless curiosity of the world around us. 

Each pillow is hand embroidered and can take a full week to create. I really love each of these as they are amazing conversation starters to add to your couch, chair or bed and also serve as a reminder of the places you love, or hope to visit. See all of Cat Studio's cozy and fun creations, here.

 

Photos: Cat Studio     Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Mar192013

Wit & Whistle goodness...

One of my favorite stationery shops is Wit & Whistle, which I've featured before on Sweet Peach. Every time I check out Amanda Wright's shop, I see new things to admire...and share. I especially like her venturing into the world of pretty tea towels.

Her 30" x 30" flour sack tea towels are silk screened with her own hand drawn designs. And the best part is the towels get softer and more absorbent with use. 

New to her shop are these lovely pillow covers. Amanda designs them and her mom sews each and every one. I love that. 

Amanda's talents truly shine in her stationery line. Her Snail Mail notecards are beautifully designed and as sweet as pie...


Amanda offers over 50 cards and over a dozen jotter notebooks. It's the kind of shop where you'll want to buy a bunch of items and then use them as needed throughout the year. 

And seeing how Easter is less than a couple weeks away, I thought this holiday card was apropos. And so cute. 

 

Photos: Wit & Whistle     Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Nov302012

Beth Lord's Favorite Gifts for Gals this Holiday Season...

Beth Lord is the owner of the indie-pendent in Atlanta. It's easily my favorite shop in town. All of the goods in the store are handcrafted with a story to tell. Each item is unique, pretty, colorful and well made. Beth loves to celebrate great artists so I knew she'd be the perfect voice for this year's gift ideas for women. Here's her list...

 

These perfectly southern votives come via Pigeon Toe Ceramics. They are porcelain casts of a real Mason jar and sell for $36. They can be set on the table or hung from above. Beth, "I like that they're sweet and simple."  

 

Beth, "I'm obsessed with tea towels so... I have a tea towel problem." I feel her pain as I share her obsession. These beautiful Four Seasons tea towels come via Claudia Pearson and are sold as a set for $52. Beth shares, "Claudia does all the illustrations herself which fits the whole organic theme of my shop. Plus the towels are bright and colorful which I love." These are certain to brighten up any gal's kitchen. 

 


These incredible jewelry pieces are handcrafted by Meaghan Torbert McCord and are modeled after the floor plans of Basilica architecture. All are made from sterling silver and handcut by Meaghan. Beth carries her necklaces, bracelets and earrings at the indie-pendent. This truly stunning jewelry makes an incredible and unexpected holiday gift. Prices range from $160-$300. 
  


These unusual candles are the result of a collaboration between Pigeon Toe Ceramics and Angela Sands of Luminology. When the candle is done burning, you are left with this beautiful porcelain dish that can be reused. The other option is to order replacement candles. Beth and I's favorite feature is the wooden wick which crackles when it burns. $44 each. 

 

 

Every woman can use a scarf. They're quick and easy and can upgrade an outfit in an instant. These cotton beauties are from ScarfShop and range in price from $15-$60. The scarves are colored by water based dyes, all by hand in small batches. Beth, "They're so versatile and it's nice that they're so lightweight." 

 

HollyBeth Anderson left her corporate job to create unique and effective skin care products based on traditional homeopathic remedies. Her popular HollyBeth Organics line includes Chamomile Cleanser, Grits & Honey Scrub and Orange Peppermint Shea Butter Cream. Any of her items would make a wonderful gift. ($7-$59) Beth also loves the Saipua Soap shop. Bars include Basil, Lavender Oatmeal, Cedarwood and Mango Butter. Beth's absolute favorite is the Coffee Mint. Handcrafted with an olive oil base, each bar is $10. 

 

 

One of the first things you'll notice in Beth's shop are all the colorful, pretty pillows. When I asked why she carries so many pillows, she responded, "Who doesn't love pillows?" I think she's right about that. There's a pillow for every woman here. Leah Duncan, Erin Flett and Looploft are some of the artists she carries and all her pillows range in price from $30-$76.  

 

These plates are instant conversation pieces. They really are just so pretty. Beth, "I love how intricate the patterns are and I love how Cynthia mixes the different patterns in the dishes- they go so well together." Prices are $30, $50 and $90 for the small, medium and large plates. 

All of these items are available at the indie-pendent, located in the Highlands area of Atlanta. Thank you Beth! 

 

Photos and Content: Sweet Peach. Photo 3: Pigeon Toe Ceramics. Final Photo: Cynthia Vardhan


Wednesday
Nov072012

Naked Decor

Supon Phornirunlit of Washington DC knows no other world but design. He started his own design group at 24 years old, helping to craft brand identities for a host of big companies. Now, he's transitioned into creating his own home line, Naked Decor. 

Pillows are Supon's main focus. Most are vivid in color with bold graphics and lots of animals...so I'm a fan. 

Supon has a good site as he also sells products that he likes and is inspired by. Such as these crafty porcelain lights via Streamline that are equally modern and playful. Check out his Etsy site to see more of Supon's creations which include wall clocks and kitchen gadgets. 

 

Photos: Naked Decor;  Streamline    Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Jul052012

Cloth and Ink

I appreciate a good artist just as much as I appreciate a good photograph of their work. Helen Peterson of Houston, Texas and Etsy shop, Cloth and Ink, creates original illustrations for primarily organic and recycled fabrics. The end result is simply beautiful table runners, lampshades and pillows.

Much care is placed into each product that passes through Helen's hands. For these modern lamp shades Helen explains, "I screen printed the design by hand using eco friendly inks." Much of her work is inspired by the outside world which include beaches, fields and mountains. Click here to see all her lamp shade designs and here for her eco printed pillows.

I like the quirkiness of this design Helen calls, Toy Box. As she explains, it showcases the "tumble of toys tossed in a child's toy box after a day of play."

Helen certainly has a passion for textiles. As she shared, "My love of fabrics began at a young age from hanging out in my grandma's fabric store and playing mannequin for my mum, who was always sewing something." See her entire repertoire of pretty goods at her Etsy shop.

 

Photos: Cloth and Ink   Content: Sweet Peach