Typhography textiles

navy_4744Confession: I love watching home improvement/décor shows. Back when I owned (and was in the process of rehabbing) a century-old bungalow, watching them was a near daily activity. I’ve weaned myself in recent years, but a few months back I caught an episode in which the host and her trusty sidekick rustle up some antique wood type and simply stamp them on canvas for fairly inexpensive art.

Lucky for me, I happen to already own a lot of antique wood type.

I had silver metallic screen printing ink from a few years back when I thought I’d take up yet another method of printing (because I don’t have enough on my hands), so I decided to use that on regular fabric instead of gessoed canvas.

navy_4748My plan was to print enough to stretch around a frame large enough to cover an unsightly fuse box in our entry way, plus enough extra to do a test wash and maybe a few scraps to include in a patchwork pillow project I have planned. While I had the ink out I also wanted to test out an idea for bespoke monogrammed wrapping paper I’ve been kicking around for a while.

Thanks to the magic of television, I didn’t realize how incredibly time consuming the project would be! After spending entirely too long printing a 12”x12” block of paper, I realized it wasn’t going to be a feasible option for retail (although my sister’s Christmas presents looked fab).

The letters printed more rustically than I anticipated, but I love how the fabric turned out! What do you think? Would you invest in hand-printed fabric for an accent pillow or piece of art?


Mary Ink

Abstract Stripe Scarf
Abstract Stripe Scarf

Screen printer extraordinaire Mary out of Nashville, Tenn. puts her mark on everything from tees to bags to glassware. I love her funky illustrations and the sheer variety in her shop — there’s something for everyone!

Silkscreened Votives
Silkscreened Votives

Grand Array

Hannah Stouffers illustrations in a Secret deoderant ad campaign
Hannah Stouffer's illustrations in a Secret deoderant ad campaign

Lately, I’m loving the commercial design trend toward illustration that looks as though it stumbled out of someone’s sketchbook. It’s great that ad firms are finally able to say, “Yes, this was made by an actual human being and it’s beautiful” and I think it speaks to a desire of consumers as a whole to want to know their merchandise was made with care by a person, not a machine.

Hannah Stouffer is one of the top illustrators driving this trend. Little did I know as I was simultaneously admiring Secret deodorant’s latest ad campaign (above) and Grand Array‘s screenprinted pillow (below) that they came from the same hand! Her work has such movement to it — and I’m a sucker for any well-drawn paisley or swirl illustration.