Looks We Love: Block Prints

August 29, 2016 by Ariana | 0 Comments

It’s no secret that we’re into prints, especially hand block prints.  This traditional technique originated in China and was a popular method in East Asia for printing on textiles and later, paper.  Wood blocks are cut into a relief pattern, so that the cut area does not reveal ink onto the material.  This 18th century technique has evolved from early printed books in China and Korea, to Japanese woodblock prints and has recently surged in popularity in the design world.  This past year, we’ve noticed a number of new creators using these traditional methods to print modern patterns on upholstery, tabletop, ready-to-wear and wallpaper.  We’ve rounded up some of our favorite sources that we hope will inspire you to mix it up.

Les Indiennes — This line is newer to us and I recently scored pillow shams from their website and am extremely happy with my purchase.  Tip: their Labor Day sale starts on September 1st!

Galbraith & Paul — Their larger scale prints look amazing rendered in wallpaper and upholstered goods.  We love the range of their prints and color selection.

John Robshaw — We can’t talk about block prints without mentioning John Robshaw, who seems to have originated this modern take on a traditional technique.

Rebecca Atwood — A favorite in the design community, her water colors and block prints are simply lovely.  Check out her website for original art prints too.

Gray Market Design — You’ve seen Gray Market Design in prior posts since we discovered them at the Renegade Craft Fair a few years ago.  Their scarves and bedding top our favorites.


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