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Learn about our design process, 
methodology, and the history behind our techniques and materials.

Behind The Scenes

 

LEARN ABOUT OUR PROCESS

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Through our textiles, we celebrate the art of hand screen printing. Each design begins as an india ink painting, and is translated onto heritage and premium ground cloths via hand screen printing.

 

"We enjoy having a close relationship with the people who weave our ground cloths, and who hand screen print our designs. It truly is a team effort with a common end goal—to produce small batches of gorgeous quality fabrics in a way that enriches modern interiors and supports the artisan lifestyle."

-Caroline Cecil

 

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In order to best articulate our process, it’s important to highlight the key components that go into our work. They include the use of India ink; the technique of screen-printing fabric by hand; and the incorporation of heritage fabrications such as Belgian linen.

 

 

India Ink

 

India ink is believed to have originated in China in the 3rd millennium, BCE. (The materials needed to create its carbon coloring were later traded in India, hence the name.) Composed of lampblack, a type of soot, which is then combined with water to form a liquid, India ink was traditionally used for drawing and lettering. Both the peoples of ancient Egypt and China used it to highlight contrast in carved hieroglyphics. By the early 20th century, India ink was widely used across the West, and today, it is still traditionally used in Japanese and Chinese calligraphy as well as in comic art and graphics. Viscous, highly pigmented, and capable of drying extremely quickly, India ink remains a favorite of contemporary artists, architects, and technicians.

 

 

HAND SCREEN-PRINTING

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Screen-printing, a technique which uses mesh and ink-blocking methods, initially appeared in China over 700 years ago during the Song dynasty before making its way to Japan and other East Asian nations, where it was refined and reinterpreted. By the late 1700s, Europe had slowly begun embracing the technique as well, although it was not until 1907 that an Englishman named Samuel Simon patented the screen-printing process. Simon used it to create custom, high-quality wall coverings in silk, linen, and other luxurious textiles for a wealthy clientele. Simon’s action signified the industrial birth of screen-printing, although many working artists had adopted a similar technique prior, using it as an efficient means of replicating their own art by hand.

 

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Heritage linen

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We put a tremendous amount of work into selecting the ground cloths we print on. Our team seeks out heritage lines that have been produced for decades by passionate artisans. One of our favorite grounds, Belgian linen, has been renowned for its excellence for centuries. Harvested from flax grown in the Lys region of Flanders, linen was spun into cloth by hand and manufactured by the area’s acclaimed artisan weavers throughout the 18th century and into the 19th. Although trade barriers and, most critically, the Industrial Revolution, would prove extraordinarily challenging to the region’s hand-fueled economy, mechanized spinners began cropping up, and they would spread the technique throughout the area.

 

 

Our team is passionate about the way in which we print our fabrics. After spending over a decade in the commercial textile industry, we are proud to offer a line that celebrates the art of the hand-made through and through.

 

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