In the last five or so years, more and more interior designers have been on the hunt for unique, one-of-a-kind textiles to finish rooms with that homey handmade feel. With that demand comes an increase in textile artists, many of whom work in microbatches.
Technology helps small business owners advertise and sell wares with little cost to the owner. Thus, textile artists have been able to create small batches of individualistic patterns and sell them through e-commerce organizations like Etsy or personal websites.
Rebecca Atwood, owner and artist of her self-titled company started out of her apartment, hand dying pillows in her bathroom. She sold out online in two months and expanded her work force to a few employees. Specializing in small, intricate motifs, and cool tone colors, her whimsical patterns leap off the pillows.
Most of the small textile companies operate out of Manhattan and Brooklyn store fronts, as well as online. Along with pillows and blankets, artists sell prints by the yard to designers.
Caroline Z. Hurley started with textiles when some of her friends begged for prints of a color blocking art project. Her prints are minimalist, simple and bright, so as not to distract from a room, but adds just a touch of geometric pattern.
Paige Cleveland’s Los Angeles-based company, Rule of Three, specializes in a marbleized pattern. Each piece is hand done in studio with a mix of different colors creating a unique stylized piece of art.
Eskayel, a small Brooklyn-based company creates, with the help of technology, beautiful muted abstract patterns. The artists use water and ink to create a pattern then scan it, refine and multiply to create a pattern.
Microbatch textiles bring a distinct look to a room that could not be achieved with mass produced patterns of larger companies. A movement away from commercialism and towards small business creates a connection achievable through technology, social media and e-commerce.
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