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.
Images: Susan Connor New York