Cotton & Flax
Trained as a fine-art printmaker, Cotton & Flax founder Erin Dollar hand-draws her patterns with brush and ink, selects heirloom-quality fabrics, silk-screens them, and sews the striking textiles into limited-edition home wares, like these pillows and coasters. “I try to bring a minimalist perspective,” says Dollar, who lives in L.A. “My pattern designs are simple yet bold, and the choice to use only two colors of ink is deliberate.”
Caroline Z. Hurley
The hand-blocked designs on Caroline Zucchero Hurley’s textiles are made with shapes she cuts from linoleum, then prints in nonrepeat patterns on linen with nontoxic ink. “I carefully arrange each piece so that no two are exactly alike,” she says. “And because they are nonrepeat, each has a wink to share or an unexpected surprise.” Working in Brooklyn, Hurley counts the ocean, Montessori toys, gelato, and artists Richard Tuttle and Agnes Martin among her inspirations.
Rule of Three
“A large part of my design work happens in or on top of water,” says Paige Cleveland, founder of Rule of Three. The L.A. artist layers marbling and shibori folding techniques to create her painterly textiles. Working with natural dyes—cochineal, logwood, iron, indigo, madder—Cleveland elicits unusual shades and intriguing patterns. Neutral fabrics, she says, "turn into a kaleidoscope of color when dipped in the dye bath and overdyed, then bound and dipped into the dye bath again.”