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.
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.