Philomela is a California-based design studio that specializes in textiles for interiors and is bringing more celebration into every space with the launch of their Stripe Collection. Each original pattern is hand-drawn, painted, then printed, and fuses exciting and extraordinary art with functionality. With such striking and intricate designs, artist Bonnie Saland gives Ligné Magazine some insight into its creation.
How would you describe the new collection?
The launch of the Philomela stripe collection (number of different stripes in a full complement of color ways) is a heed to the call for a broad range of design basics to mix and match with Philomela signature patterns. Our stripes offer balance to bohemian styling, and a painterly twist for the traditional designer.
Why two sections (Persephone and Demeter)?
We are always looking for ways to integrate the fine art aspect of Philomela, and our commercial offerings. The Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter is a recurring theme in my body of art work. This classic mother daughter tale can be discussed on so many levels: familial, the stages of womanhood, a seasonal account of Mother Earth…We thought it a fitting way to organize the intensely flavored colors of Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.
How did you come up with the names for each section and stripe?
Our cabana stripe grouping came from a series of paintings, done while in residency in Provincetown, MA on a lively, free spirited whim. The narrow cobra stripes, come from a series of cobra woodblock prints, that layer one pattern over the other, offering a multiplicity of form and a tribute to the Cobra avant-garde art group active in Europe 1948-1951.
Do you have a stronger preference towards a specific stripe or material?
For me, no. I’ve been a life long collector of textiles AND paper products, and have layered rooms of pattern in a series of home installations over a lifetime! Layer stripe on stripe, mix with solid neutrals, or shake them up with a mix of coordinate patterns … I say, “Bring it on”. On the other hand, a soothing rhythmic stripe can add a dash of movement to an otherwise serene space.
Philomela has been collaborating with architects, interior and furniture, clothing and product designers on everything from on-site to event-specific projects. For more information visit their website philomelasweb.com or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.