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

2.05.2010

Working Artist: Lulu de Kwiatkowski


[Photos courtesy Lulu de Kwiatkowski.]

Last year I began asking artists and designers to share pictures of their palettes, meaning the boards or blotters on which they mix their paints. Some sent me images of unconventional palettes and others offered glimpses into their studios complete with inspirational objects and images tacked to the walls.

On her own blog, painter and textile designer Lulu de Kwiatkowski recently posted a picture of herself at work in her kitchen. A lot of people don't realize that Lulu hand-makes her designs for fabric, wallpaper, rugs and bed linens, typically painting her florals onto big drop cloths and cutting paper to create her geometrics.

Curious about the things in the background, I asked Lulu to identify them. On the counter there is a C. Jere sculpture she bought on eBay -- before the craze for his work set in -- because she loved the flowing organic shape. In addition to her own fabric designs...

she has on the wall a round yellow sunshine-like painting done by her brother Stephen, and a picture of someone who really nurtured her creativity -- her mom. The white boxes hold pens and note books. Juice is ever present. Another image that caught her eye is a Donald Sultan work with yellow daisies.

[©Lulu published by AMMO, 2008.]

For more about Lulu's creativity, see this past post. The fabrics shown here are from the Lulu DK Line: Bloomsbury in emerald, a not-yet-released hand-painted floral, Lily, and River in chocolate.

Here's a link to a post I did when her book was released. Shown above is my own open copy.

14 comments:

Karena said...

Courtney, do you happen to know her medium in paints, fabrics, is she using lacquers, acrylics etc?

Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

There is something so great about seeing someone whose designs have been so well received commercially sitting on the floor, completely immersed in her art-almost child like. Lovely!

Style Court said...

Karena,

It's acrylic but there is much more on her blog.

katiedid said...

Fun to see a little backround of one of my favorite fabric designers. Thanks!

Janet said...

In the midst of a blizzard it is a breath of fresh air to see such wonderful color and bouquets of flowers. Plus, fabulous to learn about Lulu's blog...I had no idea! Thank you!

Karena said...

Thanks Courtney, going to her blog now!

annechovie said...

I have admired Lulu's work since I first saw her apartment in Elle Decor back 10-11 years ago. I love the fact that she paints everything on drop cloths. Very organic and authentic. Great post, Courtney!

Gramercy Home - Atlanta said...

Courtney, this is a great post. I was planning on doing a feature of her work on some of her new pillows and throws (in addition to her bedding). I will certainly link back to this as an excellent background reference. Always enjoy reading your blog!
- Lisa

Style Court said...

Hi everyone,

I'm so glad you all like her work too. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend!

Style Court said...

Anne, one of my favorite shelter mag features!

Ivy Lane said...

Thanks for sharing this Courtney! I just went over to her blog..it is so great! Added her to my blogroll...

Happy Weekend!! :)

flyoungstudio said...

LOVE her designs! I'll look forward to checking out her blog...thanks for sharing!

Design Darling said...

GREAT inspiration, thank you!!!

beachbungalow8 said...

I love seeing how artist's work and their studios. thanks for the peek!