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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Treasure Tree

[All images courtesy the Design Lab of]

English block-printer Cameron Short's tangle of rough branches, ivy and oak leaves holds more than what initially meets the eye. Second and third glances reveal a host of ornaments collected by the tree's resident magpie, including a Faberge egg. Aptly named, this Short design pictured above in indigo is  Treasure Tree.

It seems fitting that the design holds so much mystery; the artist behind it generally resists the limelight. A veteran of London's glossy advertising world, Short now resides deep in the English countryside with his young family where he pursues his first passion, printmaking. Working from a shepherd’s hut, he draws and hand-carves each of his own wood-backed lino blocks, then moves on to his 1904 proofing press. Like the creations of his mentor, Marthe Armitage, Short's designs conjure a rustic realm. The printmaker also has a strong sense of the narrative.

Three of his wonderfully earthy, folkloric prints are currently available as upholstery through the UK-based The retailer recently opened a showroom in New York, too. While I've singled out Treasure Tree. in pumice, on the Margot loveseat, you can see the full collection here.


Zak said...

Love, love, love.


Anonymous said...

Pattern? I believe your breaking the mean there's something out there besides SOLIDS and tone on tone?? It's a revolutionary act!

Thank HEAVENS! Hope to see fabric designers employed again. This is a most LOVELY print - thanks!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous. Soul stirring.