January Recap: Back to work!

Working in the studio - Cotton & Flax

Moving the studio from Los Angeles to San Diego has been a bit of a bumpy transition, but I am happy to report that I’m getting settled into a new a new studio space, and getting back to work as usual. If you’ve been lamenting that your favorite product is out of stock, many items will be restocked this week, so keep an eye on the shop!

Looking forward to sharing peeks of the studio soon, likely on Instagram first. It’s a bit messy and full of boxes at the moment, but I’m happy to have a place to call home.

While I spent most of the month preoccupied with the studio move, there were a few great things that happened in January:

Looking forward to spending lots of time in the studio in February, and getting settled in.

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Featured Stockist: Mantel in Portland, OR

Beautiful merchandising - Mantel in PortlandI’m happy to announce a new retail stockist in my hometown of Portland, Oregon: Mantel. This lovely brick and mortar shop carries beautiful gifts; a mixture of handcrafted work, minimal design objects for the home, and high quality jewelry and other accessories.

Beautiful retail shop - Mantel in PortlandMantel - retail shop in Portland Karen McClelland founded MANTEL in 2016, and she brings an eye for design and craftsmanship to curating a collection of homewares and lifestyle products. Located in a refurbished historical building, MANTEL offers an eclectic mix of products ranging from modern ceramics and jewelry to rebuilt mid-century radios. You’ll find a selection of Cotton & Flax tea towels and coasters tucked alongside other handmade work from west coast makers like Melanie Abrantes, Betsy + Iya, and The Granite.

Mantel - Retail shop in Portland, OR Cotton & Flax tea towel Beautiful retail display - Mantel PDXMantel - Store MerchandiseThe owner of the shop has roots in Portland — she was a ceramics teacher in the Portland Public Schools system for several years. Her dedication to Portland’s young artists continues in her new shop: Karen plans to dedicate a portion of her store to artwork (she’s hoping for ceramics) made by students of nearby Jefferson High School. The student artists will get 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their items. What a lovely opportunity for young makers!

Mantel - gift shop in PortlandIf you live near the Kenton neighborhood in Portland, stop by Mantel to grab gifts, or a special piece for yourself!

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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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Cotton & Flax pop-up at West Elm Santa Monica

Cotton & Flax at West Elm

I’m looking forward to hosting a pop-up shop at West Elm in Santa Monica this weekend! If you live in LA, stop by the store on Saturday, Nov. 19th to shop all my handmade table top goods, and get ready for entertaining friends and family for Thanksgiving!

Cotton & Flax goods are also stocked at West Elm Palo Alto, LA, San Diego, Costa Mesa, Mill Valley, and Emeryville. If you’re out shopping at West Elm, snap a photo of our goods in the LOCAL section, and tag @cottonandflax on Instagram or Twitter!

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