Textile designer & printmaker Elizabeth James fell under the spell of hand block-printed textiles on her first trip to India in 2001. Before leaving India, she had already teamed up with a fair-trade block-printing workshop in the pink city of Jaipur and began work on her first home goods collection.
Working from her California studio, her ideas and experiences are
downloaded and distilled into her unique design recipe that includes
riffs on classic Indian Mughal motifs, a Fauvist inspired color palette,
and a playful California sensibility. Her designs are sent to the
workshop, where skilled artisans carve the printing blocks by hand. With
each collection, Elizabeth travels to Jaipur to oversee the color
mixing and sample making. After lots of tweaking to get everything just
so, production begins.