I stumbled upon some etchings by Robert Bechtle last week, and was instantly drawn to them. They are so classically “California,” and really reflect the view I have of Southern California, even though they were made 45 years ago. I just passed my 2 year anniversary of moving to LA, so I find these prints to be a lovely reminder of the strange charm of California.
Have you seen this video of the Marimekko factory? I loved this glimpse into how their fabrics are made. Most of Marimekko’s fabrics are silkscreen printed, either using flat screens like the ones I use here at Cotton & Flax, or rotary screens (which you see sometimes in the video above. I enjoyed seeing printers working diligently to produce those iconic Marimekko patterns.
While only the first half of the video deals with the fabric printing and production (the rest is sort of an infomercial for Marimekko’s retail shops, and maybe Finland as a whole…), I love that Marimekko offers some transparency about how and where their goods are made, and the processes behind their creation.
The difference between production at Marimekko and production here at Cotton & Flax is astounding (it’s a one woman operation around here!), but I’d still like to follow their lead in the coming weeks by sharing more about how my work is made. Keep an eye out for that soon!
This could just as easily be a snail mail post, but I’m naming this lovely piece by Mary Kate McDevitt print of the week! I can’t get enough of her delightful silkscreen prints, many of which feature her gorgeous hand-lettering. I’d love to hang this beautiful reminder right over my desk.
See more of Mary Kate McDevitt’s work on her Etsy.
I’m not ashamed to admit it: I’m a bit of a nerd. I forgo watching most TV shows to sit around and read about strange neurological phenomena, or to fall down an internet rabbit hole trying to figure out what exactly the Higgs Boson Particle is. This week, I’ve gathered up a few favorite snail mail items to send to your most nerdy, intellectual friends; whether they’re interested in literature, science, or just random factoids.
Vija Celmins‘ lithographs are absolutely captivating in person. I was lucky to see a solo show of her work a while back (in London, if I remember correctly), and seeing her meticulously detailed drawings of the ocean, views of the sky, and rocky landscapes left quite an impression on me.
The three prints I’ve featured this week are all lithographic prints of her drawings, which perfectly captures the incredible detail of her images. My favorite is “Ocean,” the first image above, which I’ve seen in person recently at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. The image feels so vast, but when I was able to look at it up close, I was completely entranced by the intricacies of her drawing. I couldn’t help but imagine the artist in her workspace, diligently hunched over her drawing, completely absorbed by her task.
I made another trip to the Los Angeles fashion district, where there are blocks and blocks of fabric stores overflowing with things to delight even the most seasoned crafter. I was just picking up some small samples of some of the fabrics I’ll be using for my Fall/Winter line for Cotton & Flax, but I took a few shots of beautifully patterned fabrics with my phone to share here.
Most of the bolts of fabric were not identified by brand, but hopefully I will find some time to track down the makers of these fabrics soon.
These ones I do know… Liberty of London!