Jun 15 15

My Eye On | Susan Connor New York

Wooden bench stacked with Susan Connor New York block print cushions | Block Print Social

You may have noticed “Block Print” in the name of my blog (oh, you did notice that?) and it’s possible you may have even wondered about it. Without getting into a whole thing, I chose to include Block Print in my blog’s name to get at the human element of design.

You see – block printing is an ancient, soulful process, dependent on the human hand.

It is also laborious – there’s nothing quick and dirty about block printing. First there is the drawing, then the carving (onto blocks that act as stamps), and finally the hand-stamping.

The hand-stamping is where it’s at.

In a world where machines turn out perfect little textile clones in no time at all, there is something very special about a hands-on (I’m talking real human hands here!) process that actually embraces imperfection.

(Plus I just really dig the look.)

So it’s no wonder that my block print-loving heart beats for Susan Connor’s limited edition textiles.

The collections – designed in Susan’s Brooklyn studio – consist of cushions, throws and wall hangings in textural block print patterns. Susan draws on an array of inspirations, ranging the natural world (“the organic movement of waves across sand”) and the man-made (Japanese boro textiles, old world tools & inlay doors), all reconciled to one another through Susan’s signature aesthetic.

The Susan Connor look is subtly bohemian, decidedly simple, and altogether elegant.  The focus is on the natural luxury of the materials and on the artistic process, evident in the subtle variations across the patterns.

Ancient inspirations meet modern interpretation, equalling – GET ON MY SOFA. STAT.

Susan Connor New York Inlay Cushion | Block Print Social

Susan Connnor New York block print cushions | Block Print Social

Susan Connor New York Totem Throw | Block Print Social

Susan Connor New York Totem & Vatta cushions | Block Print Social

Susan Connor New York Patch & Circa Cushions | Block Print Social

Susan Connor New York Triad cushion | Block Print Social

Susan Connor New York Layer cushion & throw | Block Print Social

Get to know Susan Connor, and shop the collections here.


Images: Susan Connor New York


6 Comments On My Eye On | Susan Connor New York

  • 1
    Brittany / Jun 15 15 at 2:27 pm

    Love these pieces and how well they tie into what your blog name! There is something so calming yet loud about the handmade printing process.

    • Natalie / Jun 15 15 at 4:20 pm

      I love that description, Brittany! I think it’s so spot on. Have you ever tried block printing in your design or stationary? I love the effect on paper too!

  • 2
    susan / Jun 15 15 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you so much for this incredibly kind post. I am absolutely delighted that you like the pieces…and it means even more to me that the qualities I strive for are coming across and are meaningful for you. I can’t tell you how happy reading your words has made me. I actually have visited your beautiful blog several times…and had yet to write. You do such a beautiful job here…the design is exquisite and so thoughtful. Just…well…thank you.

    • Natalie / Jun 16 15 at 12:58 pm

      Thank you, Susan – for your lovely words & for taking the time to share them with me. I’m so glad you like the blog & feel my post did justice to your beautiful work! Your creations are such a perfect example of the kind of design & creative work I set out to showcase on my blog – it was a no brainer to share them with my readers. I hope you continue to enjoy Block Print Social, as I know I will keep enjoying your collections. I’m already designing my next place in my head (we’re planning to move in the not-too-distant future) & I will no doubt be in touch when it comes time to decorate!
      All my best,

  • 3
    Chelsea / Jun 16 15 at 3:23 pm

    I need one of these beauties for my living room! Lovely post, Natalie.

    • Natalie / Jun 18 15 at 11:29 am

      Thank you, Chelsea! Based on what I’ve seen of it online, I think a Susan Connor piece would look brilliant in your living room! Your home is beautiful – a perfect extension of your clearly defined aesthetic (I’m jealous – in a good way!)

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