The idea of designing patterns emerged soon after I moved to Washington DC in 2011. The first step was to find a way of transferring my patterns onto fabric. I started by cutting stencils and used a brush to print. It was very time consuming but also satisfying to see the result. I eventually discovered screen printing and enrolled in a continuing education program at the Corcoran School of the Arts, where I learned new techniques such as linoleum block carving and screen printing. I initially screen printed the designs onto the fabric myself, all in my home studio. After two years, I decided to outsource that part with a company based in Milwaukee, WI.
About the pattern design process
I use three different techniques to create the original patterns: pen and ink drawings, linoleum block carving and stencils. I try to draw from observation as much as I can, which takes me outdoors to parks or botanical gardens. I use fine micron pens allowing me to be very precise. I carve the linoleum and cut the stencils in my workshop as these techniques require special tools. Once the designs are finished, I scan them and finalize the layout in Photoshop and InDesign to create the repeating patterns.
About the patterns
Each pattern has a story. To learn more about them visit the pattern page
About the products
The products are handcrafted in Washington DC and the materials sourced are Eco-friendly. The canvas fabric is certified 100% GOTS and straight off the loom. The ink is environmentally friendly, water-based and PVC free. The leather sides are from cowhides tanned in a chrome free process to help lessen any negative impact on the environment.
About the designer
French American designer Eva Calonder was always attracted by motifs.
Eva grew up in France, in the region of Provence. After graduating from university, she worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for several years. She has lived in inspiring cities such as Phnom Penh, Paris, Rome and Washington DC since 2011.