Browsing articles in "Small Industry"

Room 406 –

Mar 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment

bespoke blanket, organic blanket, designer blanket, Eleanor Pritchard

Room 406, an annex to the furniture maker Troscan, offers “vintage furniture, small-batch textiles, rare artifacts, hand-thrown ceramics and contemporary art” as well as a selection of the company’s own designs. Their textiles currently include an array of blankets and throws by Teixidors, Hiroko Takeda, Eleanor Pritchard (as pictured above), and Studio Donegal.

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Old New House –

Mar 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

kilim, antique carpet, vintage rug, kilim pillow

Old New House offers something surprisingly rare: a lovingly selected and accessibly priced collection of vintage carpets. No need to risk life and limb (and hours online) with EBay, Craigslist, or the random, unvetted results from Google searches. Plus, a purchase from ONH helps support a true family business. (They sell pillows too, like the one pictured above.)

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Mourne Textiles –

Oct 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment

northern ireland textile, irish textile, irish blanket, irish wool

With a legacy of hand weaving and textile design that reaches back three generations, family-run Mourne Textiles has recently dusted off their original looms and now proudly lays claim to being the only hand loom weaving workshop in Northern Ireland. As demonstrated in their still-evolving website, their carefully edited collection is infused with a timeless focus on the simplicity of pure craft.

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Sian Elin –

Jun 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

british textile, textile small business, british design textile

Bright, cheerful, clean, and crisp are a few of the words that could describe Sian Elin’s textile designs for pillows, yardage, and tea towels. Working from Wales, and inspired by design motifs from around the globe, Elin’s small business has garnered the attention of The Guardian newspaper for her local production practices.

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Comma Workshop –

May 10, 2013 | 1 Comment

custom quilt, writing quilt, bespoke quilt

 

Comma Workshop fuses text and textile into quilts that are minimalist and unabashedly “crafted” at the same time. The concept, design, and written content are all the work of Kerry Larkin who founded the company in 2010. Individual quilts are made to order and are produced by a network of quilters in Colorado who move at their own pace, taking in as much or as little Comma work as they like. For more about Larkin and the company click here.

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Travis Meinolf –

Mar 20, 2013 | Leave a Comment

street textile, urban weaving, social textile

Here’s a great article by my friend Elizabeth Essner about “action weaver”, teacher, and activist Travis Meinolf.

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The Green Elephant –

Dec 11, 2012 | Leave a Comment

indian tie dye, tye dye fabric, india fair trade

The Green Elephant is a wholesale importer of Free Trade, “Craftmark” certified goods from India. Among their recent blog entries is a great write-up / photo essay on the tie dye artisans behind R.B.Fabrics. While it’s not clear how to actually purchase their colorful wares (like the pillows pictured above) I imagine a quick email to The Green Elephant would help clear things up.

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Akis –

Jul 29, 2012 | 1 Comment

fouta, turkish towel, striped towel

The New York Times’ design blog is currently featuring a round-up of foutas available around the web, including a selection offered by Akis — out of Turkey. Other sources listed are also worth checking out, even if you’re not stocking a linen closet.

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Folklore –

Jul 8, 2012 | Leave a Comment

natural blanket, striped blanket, english blanket

Handmade on 100 year old shuttle looms, this linen “day blanket” is one of many “simple life” totems offered by the British company Folklore.

Via Dezeen.

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ThreadWritten Textiles –

May 1, 2012 | Leave a Comment

contemporary textile artist, budapest textile

 

Sarah Pedlow is a photographer and mixed media artist with a new venture called ThreadWritten Textiles. Her goal is to combine “contemporary design with ethnic textiles, created in collaboration with international artisans”. It sounds promising! To help Sarah on her way, visit her page on Indiegogo where she’s fundraising for initial capital. She offers an alluring selection of thank you gifts — just in time for Mother’s Day.

Sarah’s photo above (shown cropped) is called “For Sale, Budapest”.  Few things could be more charming than that tenderly embroidered bulletin posting.

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