A Natural Artisanal Throw Pillow Collection
Today, I am excited to share a round-up of my favorite pillows from my capsule home collection that launched this Spring! First, a little bit about how this collection came to be. As many of you know, I am a painter and I have worked styling interiors. I love to design products and I wanted to extend that love of product design and painting to pillows. Over the years, I have had many pillows made for my clients. So, designing my own collection, came naturally and unfolded on a recent trip to India and Japan.
One thing that is unique about my capsule collection is that it uses natural indigo dye. After working with natural and botanical dyes in my home studio, I sought out textiles that had been dyed using natural color. This collection is inspired by California living and being near the ocean. Reminiscent of both sea and sky. These pillows are meant to be a piece of art for your home. Energetic benefits of indigo include, a profound calming feeling of total relaxation. Also known as the deep blue color associated with the 6th chakra in the body, or the third-eye. Engaging with this plant and it's magical dye activates your awareness and inner reflection.
Indigo comes from the ancient plant, indigofera tinctoria, used for over 5000 years to dye fibers and clothing. Some of the pillowcases are hand-dyed, while others feature batik, crewel and Shibori techniques. All textiles are sourced from handmade artisans or dyed by me in my studio.
Top Row from Left
Sustainable Natural FIbers
The majority of the collection features natural cotton linen fabric, wool or silk. Our Sky Blue Lumbar pillow below is woven in wool from a regional geometric Kyoto motif. It measures 12" x 24" and was created from a unique roll of kimono width fabric, meaning that it was designed in a traditional fashion featuring a famous geometric motif.
At the moment, I am exploring natural indigo on wild peace silk in a new 18" Expansion Kumo Shibori piece. These are a beautiful color, and made from a beautiful yet pricier silk in which the silk moths are not harmed in the process. This type of challenge is what motivates and inspires me to design something that is ethically made and eco-friendly.
While, I stuck with mostly indigo blues. I couldn't resist this dhabu mud-resist batik fabric created in North India. I love the organic results of the dhabu technique along with the sandy texture and inspired me to create this Sand Batik Pillow in Spots, which is easy to mix and match within a space.
You can view the whole capsule pillow collection in my textiles shop. If you are located near the Bay area, I will be at Renegade Craft at Fort Mason, July 14th and 15th in San Francisco, I and would love to meet you in person!
How to Decorate Pumpkins with Mandala Designs for Fall
Are you ready for a Fall carve-free pumpkin DIY today? This is a seasonal autumn project that can last Halloween through Thanksgiving!
Lately, I have been inspired to create mandala designs using lines and patterns on paper and stone, I thought, why not try out a mandala pattern on a pumpkin too?
We scored some fabulous little pumpkins on our latest trip to the Underwood Farm, our favorite farm in the agricultural valley north of Los Angeles. We also picked up a few more pumpkins at Whole Foods!
For this project, I used:
Read on to find out how you can make one too and see the stunning results!
how to create A Piece of modern wall art
This week, I am excited to share a fun and colorful DIY with you using watercolor paper scraps and a hexagon hole punch.
I was inspired by a similar collage from Mommo Design that I saw on Pinterest. Since, I paint often and teach a watercolor class, I decided to de-stash my all of those watercolor papers in my studio file that have been accumulating for months! Like most artists, I can never seem to throw my work away, so if you have that same problem...then this project is for you!
If you don't have extra painted papers lying around, you can use patterned papers, paint your own or even ask your kids to paint some papers for you! ***Bonus, this project could entertain and engage your kids too;)
I ended up sorting all of my little stacks of papers into groups by color family. I had a lot blues and greens so I decided to use those up first. I even mixed in some of the marbled papers that I had created last Spring for an interesting bubbly textural effect.
Next, I explored the composition a bit before deciding on how to place them. Then, I started to arrange them vertically. Once I felt good about the spacing and borders, I began glueing them down individually using a glue stick. To give you an idea of the size, each hexagon fits inside a 2" circle.
Finally, I created a little vignette in the corner of my art studio because I imagine this piece in a kids room, nursery, an entryway or bath.
One thing that surprised me was the number hexagons that it took to fill the space. I used exactly 40 hexagons to fill a 9" x 12" opening.
Here is the full list of supplies, should you want to try this out at home.
TIP: I tried to include some white space within the hexagon shape to achieve a more modern and graphic effect.
Overall I am happy with how this one turned out, and honestly the most satisfying part for me was the act of making the art. Please feel free to pin these photos and share! I would love to see the results what you make.
HI, I'M HILARY.
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