Yesterday, my very stylish friend and nieghbor, Sue, told me she was ready for a refreshing redo in her wonderful, breezy ocean view La Jolla home. Immediately, the subtle block printed fabrics of Galbraith & Paul sprang to mind. They are a perfect combination of elegant handmade artistry, fresh, yet sophisticated, colors and intricate patterns that seems perfectly suited to my friend and her amazing home. And guess what? Galbraith & Paul is perfect for today’s Mid-Week Made-In-America Series!
Galbraith & Paul was founded in Philadelphia in 1986 by Liz Galbraith & Ephraim Paul as a hand papermaking studio specializing in lighting. Now, this studio workshop specializes in hand block printed textiles, handmade rugs, and studio printed wallpaper available to the trade. The wall covering is a newer addition and it is designed by Liz Galbraith. (I am definitely seeing my friend, Sue’s, powder room in one of these gorgeous papers.)
By the way, these talented artists also make a line of block printed pillows and lighting exclusively for Room & Board.
Artisans in the Galbraith & Paul Studio work together to create fabrics with a subtle and elegant spirit. In true studio workshop tradition, designs evolve in original and unexpected ways. In my mind, this is what truly sets the design experience of using a handcrafted product apart from a machine made product. Galbraith & Paul studio members care about the process of making as much as the product itself–and their dedication to their craft truly shines through.
What I love about Galbraith & Paul are the wonderful tiny imperfections in the hand-blocked surface. These are the telltale signs of craft. If you take a look at the image of the G & P artist creating this Lotus pattern below, you can see what that is about. Aaaah, Galbraith & Paul….you’re not perfect, but you’re perfect for me. Wasn’t that a Grace Jones song back in the ’80s?
All images via Galbraith & Paul.