Recently while I was working on new designs for Wooster & Prince, my friend and frequent collaborator, John McDonald, shared with me some of his own research on Jean-Baptiste Pillement, the French godfather of Rococo chinoiserie. Pillement’s designs and etchings from the late 1700′s often featured fantastical drawings of what Europeans imagined “the Orient” to be like. [...]
Our creative energy here in the studio could hardly be contained as we eagerly awaited this month’s release of our new “Good Life” collection of fabrics for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. So many new fabrics to play with, and so many great projects to undertake! The vivid red of the “Good Life” chinoiserie breathed new life into [...]
Summer has certainly arrived … the sky is blue, the grass is green and full, and the air is warm. To honor solstice, we wanted to share with you one of the most summery designs from my line with the Keds Designer Collective. Stylish enough for a funky fashionista but sporty enough for a [...]
I have always loved Asian art, design and architecture. The simplicity and sophistication I see in it finds its way into my design work again and again. Chinoiserie, in all its forms, has always intrigued me and it’s history is fascinating. We have European countrymen in the twelfth century to thank for bringing this style to [...]
If you read our recent “What’s New” post on the Wooster & Prince website, then you’ll know that our “Good Life” Art Paper was chosen by Elizabeth Mayhew, of Woman’s Day magazine, for a Today Show segment on backyard party decorations. Well, you can imagine our excitement when we learned that a print version of the [...]
When I design new patterns, sometimes the colorway is quite clear in my mind and the artwork follows … and sometimes that happens in reverse. But for this Spring collection for Wooster & Prince, I had both the pattern and the color crystallized in my mind: a fresh Spring green paired up with a graphic, silhouetted chinoiserie.