My lag in posts says it all: I fell deep into the holiday well! But now that it’s officially 2008 I’m actually quite anxious to get back to the land of textile inspiration (and out of my sugar-laced stupor). The two fabrics above are so bright and buoyant that finding them for my first post of the year feels quite auspicious. The stripe is by Alexander Girard, a textile designer who worked at Herman Miller during the 1950’s, ’60’s and ’70’s. (See the February 08 issue of Dwell magazine for an article about him and/or visit Maharam to find Girard designs still being produced.) I found the botanical print through one of my random searches — it’s been attributed to Kaffe Fassett (another unfamiliar name). Born in San Francisco, he’s lived in England since the early 1960’s and in 1988 became the first living textile designer to be given a solo show at the Victoria & Albert Museum. (This according to Wikipedia.) The fabric is beautiful — and goes quite well with the Girard.