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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

10.09.2009

Seema's Studio

Today friendly textile designer Seema Krish is inviting us into her colorful studio.

Check out the books. Her collection of art and design tomes is really stellar so I thought it would be fun to start with those. You'll notice an emphasis on titles that deal with Indian textiles; Seema was raised in India and came to the U.S. to study at FIT. (Click the images to read the titles.)

Soon she found herself working for companies including Robert Allen, Richloom, NUNO, and Aid to Artisans, but ultimately she wanted to do something more -- something modern that would incorporate Indian traditions -- and she launched her own lively, much-talked-about collection.

Below is a sneak peek at the beginnings of a new collection scheduled to debut summer 2010. For this group, Seema has been inspired by the art of rangoli, or "kolam," an impermanent form of symbolic rice flour decoration often done on floors. "Here in my studio I have kolam stencils and colored powder that we sift through them to make a pattern," she explains.


Colorful yarns are also used for inspiration.

Other imagery and objects kept close at hand encompass art by the designer's three-year-old daughter, Mira, bins of fabric for reference, old fabric documents, intensely colored lacquered bowls, and an orange scarf that Seema wove when she had a weaving studio in India. She adds, "I'm a weaver by training so the texture of yarn thrills me!"

Click here to view Seema's entire collection and here to read her textile blog.

17 comments:

Donna said...

Love this quote...that studio is so inspiring...can't wait to see that collection finished!

Style Court said...

Donna -- I love it too! So nice how she has it tacked to the shelves.

pve design said...

I love a working studio. Looks like a great spot to create. Full of lots of inspiration and resources.
pve

Pragya said...

So looking forward to see her new collection!

Zelda said...

you are so good at promoting artist designer !! always enjoyed the ride ! thank you

Style Court said...

Zelda, I'm glad you enjoyed this post!

Karena said...

Love, love her studio, all the color, so organized!! It certainly inspires me!

home before dark said...

Thank you for the introduction. Loved learning about her work. I am so fascinated about the act of creating, and am drawn to the language of symbols. So glad to see the artist did not succumb to "color blocking"her bookcase. Love the organic nature of books standing cheek to jowl with the owner's organization ruling the day. Your blog is always a treasure trove.

Style Court said...

Thanks HBD. Always appreciate your insights.

Amanda Stone Talley said...

I'm absolutely in love with her fabrics! Amazing work!

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

I like her style, and her space. Also, saw one of my favorite fabrics on her board!

The Peak of Chic said...

Gosh- what a feast for the eyes! The splash of colors is beautiful.

Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

Just came back from visiting Seema's new collection via your link. Viewing the textiles from afar barely
does them justice. Wow-what a pleasure.

beachbungalow8 said...

such an inspirational studio. The photos of her books, alone are great. I'm studying them pen in hand.

maison21 said...

love this post.

thanks.

Sharon Dowell said...

Oooooooh...cozy

katiedid said...

Oh my! I have been completely inspired by her studio!! It functions, it is a place of creativity, and it is sort of "no nonsense". I could get alot done in a place like this! Thanks Courtney.

OH....and the BOOKS!