Monday, March 26, 2012

Damask Redone: Patty Sloniger has her Way with Fabrics

DAMASK REDONE: PATTY SLONIGER HAS HER WAY WITH FABRICS -- At Studio of Style, there's nothing we like better than a good damask fabric -- be it woven or printed -- especially when the repeated pattern has a good sense of scale and balance. But what we like even better is when someone like Patty Sloniger of Houston does her own twist on this classic design by injecting the otherwise traditional floral medallion motif with something totally unexpected -- such as squid, butterflies, ikat designs, contemporary stylized flowers and skulls!  An illustrator, a fabric designer and a self-professed maker of "stuff," Sloniger and her clever stuff can be found on Spoonflower (fabrics), Society6 (graphics which can be applied to laptop and iPad skins and more) and Etsy (assorted fabric items), offered under the banner of her design company Beck & Lundy.  Sloniger's interests run the creative gamut from surface design to sewing, drawing, watercolors, reading and weaving (and she's a big fan of Masterpiece Mystery! on PBS -- us too!) which explains the fun, graphic appeal of her printed textiles in colorways that are cool and sophisticated at the same time.  And because these fabrics are custom-ordered on Spoonflower, you can specify them in cotton (organic or regular), poplin, voile, silk, canvas, twill and silk crepe de chine -- how fabulous is that?  Sloniger's "Ghostly White Squid" (shown above) with jellyfish and schools of fish swimming by is what caught our eye and we think it would look great as a slipcover or as drapery in a seaside abode (and would be a nice complement to her "Sketchy Seashells" fabric in blushing taupe); and her lyrical "Butterfly Damask" is one of the freshest nature motifs we've seen in a long time -- ideal for brightening up a room just in time for spring!
Images courtesy Patty Sloniger and Spoonflower