Goodbye to my Highland Park studio

Erin Dollar in the Cotton & Flax studio

2015 was a year of fun challenges for Cotton & Flax. I tackled another trade show (NY Now), expanded into licensing my designs, taught workshops, and moved into a lovely little studio in Northeast Los Angeles. This month, I moved out of that wonderful studio, and promptly realized that I never shared the full studio tour here on the blog! Whoops! Time flies — hopefully you’ll still enjoy this glimpse into Cotton & Flax HQ.

Erin Dollar drawing patterns in her studio - Cotton & FlaxI persuaded my friend Jessica Comingore to hop up on a ladder to photograph me at work over the summer — she was a great sport while shooting this studio series for West Elm’s blog.
Cotton & Flax studio in LAOne of the things I loved most about this studio was the light! The huge windows kept things bright and sunny all day long. A great environment for happy plants and a happy artist. This long table is where I cut down fabric and sew printed fabrics into finished products.

Textile screen printing studio - Cotton & flaxI did tons of printing in this studio, and my printing table is was the perfect place to print each panel of fabric that was made into a Cotton & Flax product.

Screen printing studio - Cotton & flaxYou might be surprised that my studio was only 220 sq. ft! I was able to do tons of printing projects here, and while this screenprinting area isn’t spacious, it was a great exercise in making the most of a small space. You can see my screen storage area under the printing table, where I stored all the screens that featured Cotton & Flax designs.

Screenprinting studio - Cotton & flaxStudio storage shelves - Cotton & FlaxI stored products and fabric on shelves along one of the long walls, and it was nice to see my work on display on a regular basis.

Studio work - Cotton & Flax

The large tabletop is perfect for spreading out and working on large projects. I kept a painted portrait of my cat Frida over my desk, which was painted by my studiomate, Keiko Brodeur.

Studio storage shelves - Cotton & Flax

I’ll really miss this studio! I moved the studio down to San Diego this month, and I’m already missing the vibrant neighborhood of Highland Park, and the friendly faces of my studiomates. I’ve moved into a small studio in San Diego, and I’m excited to get it unpacked, and hopefully share another tour of Cotton & Flax HQ when everything gets settled in.

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Cotton & Flax for Need Supply

Cotton & Flax for Need Supply

I’ve got about a million updates to post here on the blog, but for now, I’ll just share one big piece of news. I’m excited to announce a new stockist who I’m absolutely obsessed with: Need Supply. They’ve just begun carrying a collection of designer homegoods, and I’m delighted to have Cotton & Flax tea towels, napkins, and pillows in the mix, alongside gorgeous cork vessels from Melanie Abrantes, and modern planters and cups from Yeild Design.

Shop the collection here!

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Thanks for shopping small!

Thanksgiving in California

I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your support of Cotton & Flax this year! I feel so lucky to pursue my creative work full time, and I couldn’t do it without my community behind me. Thanks for your kind words on social media, for telling your friends and family about my work, and for adding Cotton & Flax pieces to your homes!

It’s a busy time of year, and many of us are feeling overwhelmed by everything going on around us. I’ve been fighting the stress of this crazy year by spending time at home with loved ones, donating to organizations that support civil liberties, and buying holiday gifts from my favorite local artists and neighborhood shops that I want to see thrive. There are tons of reasons to shop small, and I hope you’ll join me in supporting the small businesses and causes that you love this season.

Happy holidays!

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West Coast Craft in SF this weekend!

West Coast Craft

I’m thrilled to be back in San Francisco for West Coast Craft, the best showcase of the West Coast design community that’s shoppable, and open to the public! Come get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping, and peruse the best art and design show in California. You’ll find us at Fort Mason Center from 10-6 both Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and say hello!

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Summer at Cotton & Flax HQ

Inside the creative studio of Cotton & Flax - textile design studio in Los Angeles

It’s been a busy few months at Cotton & Flax, as I moved into a new studio space, and transitioned from my home studio to a shared studio environment. I love the new studio so much – it’s twice the size of my tiny home studio, and I get to see my friends, Keiko, Malachi, and Lisa on a daily basis.

I’ll be sharing a studio tour soon – my friend Jessica was kind enough to come shoot the space on an exceptionally tidy day. Until then, you can see sneak peeks over on Instagram!

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Crafter’s Box Pop-Up

DIY Block printed table runner

In case you missed out on my online block printing class when it was available through The Crafter’s Box, it’s available today only through their official pop-up shop! Visit the Crafter’s Box pop-up shop to get exclusive access to my workshop. You’ll receive everything you need to create your own block printed table runner like the one above, and the materials are high-quality, so you’ll be able to reuse the tools for future projects.

Act quickly, because the pop-up shop is one day only! If you’ve created a block printed project after taking an online workshop with me, tag me on Instagram – I’d love to see what you’ve made!

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