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Probably THE best thing about creating a "thing", is the weaving of story that goes into every piece. While I hope the result is simple to love and appreciate regardless, it's the story that fascinates me deep down.

Our Laguna print is one beautiful example! It started on a trip to Paris Fashion Week - I was noticing all kinds of stripes on the runways and wondering how I could re-create this most basic of patterns. When I got back to the Studio I took a simple piece of silk, and drew stripes with a Sharpie. Not fun yet... I played with it and eventually ended up dropping it to see what patterns could be created.

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VOILA! The spark of an idea!
A repeat pattern was created, then traced with Calligraphy brush pens and scanned back into Photoshop where every line was cleaned. (Yes, this is about as painful as it sounds...)

Now these stripes started to resemble waves, or maybe it was because my next trip had been to Maui that struck me, but OBVS now a "watery" watercolor underlay HAD to happen!

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Meanwhile, an Interior Designer friend had connected me with Healing Waters International / the HER Initiative out of Colorado. I called to chat with the Founder, Kayla Fruchtman, and we wondered how we might one day work together cross-border. As it came to being, this design proved to be the perfect thing to collaborate on - and the name "Laguna" - reflecting bodies of vibrant water running through communities in need - came to being.

Since then, proceeds from every Laguna pillow sold have gone to help these amazing, generous efforts, and every dollar you shop on this local product keeps this - and the next - story going.

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WHEW!
Who knew so much went into ONE LITTLE PATTERN?! Turns out the painting is often the easy part - learning Photoshop was the hard part!! But I'm continually learning and creating, and as I do, the stories get more and more interesting. At least I think so ;).

 

You can find these beauts online in our shop and in select stores!

XO ak

 

News, Feature

BLOG by The EVERYGIRL with Healing Waters International

Photo : Tracey Ayton Photography

Photo : Tracey Ayton Photography

It's been an absolute pleasure to get to know the lovely Kayla Fruchtman at Healing Waters International and the HER Initiative down in Colorado. Her passion for providing struggling communities with fresh, clean water is contagious - so much so, we decided to donate proceeds of every 100% Linen "Laguna" pillow sold! 

Recently, Kayla and her gracious work were featured in a little blog by "The EVERYGIRL" (haha). Ok, they're huge. And - they mentioned us! Check it out, visit Healing Waters/the HER Initiative and help spread the love! 

Empowering Women: How Healing Waters is Bringing Clean Water to People Around The World [Quote excerpt below]

You must have some favorite pieces in your office. Tell us some of them and why.


Oh man, there are so many! My very favorite is a painting that my mom actually did — it’s the iconic photo from The Her Initiative website where myself and three other influencers were doing a “water walk” for the first time in the Dominican Republic. A few other favorite pieces are pillows from Alison Kent HOME — a textile designer who has a line of pillows that give back to us.
— The Every Girl Blog - Kayla Fruchtman

[Photography Credit : Healing Waters International]

Decor

DESIGNER Feature : Becky R Designs

WELL, that was so much fun, I think we'll do it again!
This past week we had local Interior Designer Becky Runacres in to match up all her samples with all our fabrics! Take a peek, get inspired - and join us for a glass of wine... ;)

P.S. Ignore the messy Studio backgrounds - it's a creative space!

Featuring Fraser Stripe and Fraser Solid Fabrics - a collaboration with Kendall Ansell Interiors.

Featuring Fraser Stripe and Fraser Solid Fabrics - a collaboration with Kendall Ansell Interiors.

Featuring Laguna Violeta Fabric and Wallpaper.

Featuring Laguna Violeta Fabric and Wallpaper.

Yeah, ok. This is just all messy, but I did get some great flatlay pic in between glasses of wine!

Yeah, ok. This is just all messy, but I did get some great flatlay pic in between glasses of wine!

Featuring Vintage Peony fabric in Black/White (also avail in Grey/White).

Featuring Vintage Peony fabric in Black/White (also avail in Grey/White).

Cheers! AND featuring Laguna fabric, wallpaper and - the 18" 100% Linen pillow, proceeds of which go to Healing Waters International / the HER Initiative.

Cheers! AND featuring Laguna fabric, wallpaper and - the 18" 100% Linen pillow, proceeds of which go to Healing Waters International / the HER Initiative.