Over the weekend, I had fun with a creative young middle school student blockprinting on linen. (Final project to be posted later.) Mixing the messy inks and watching them react to various fabrics just heightened my appreciation for all patterns that show a sense of an artist's hand -- whether block printed or not. So, earlier today, I surfed over to the site of tattooed, Punk-meets-polish Brit decorative painter and designer, Adam Calkin.
Calkin does wonderfully overblown, organic, historically-inspired patterns for Lewis & Wood. All of the patterns are gorgeous but his linen-jute blend, Ipek Damask, is a real favorite. If you're a fan, too, it looks like Modern Fabrics -- the eco-conscious North Carolina-based company that salvages cutting room floor remnants -- recently rescued some yardage* (in the Fresco colorway) and is offering it to the public at a budget-friendly price.
[Image above via Modern Fabrics.]
[Topkapi Palace Museum.]
To view historic Ottoman textiles, visit the Topkapi Palace Museum and the website for the 2000 exhibition, Flowers of Silk and Gold: Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery. For background on Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, the 19th-century architect cited as another influence on Calkin, click here.
*At the time of this posting four yards were still available.