Imagine that instead of choosing fabrics to fit your design, you were able to create and use fabrics born from the design itself? African Sketchbook Fine Art Fabrics is a place where fabrics are designed with their intended use centre stage, and then painted by hand, one by one, revealing an artistry that is breathtaking.
In Cape Town, South Africa, there is a fabric atelier that designs textiles where each fabric is truly unique. Each fabric is designed with the colour palette at its foundation and, most importantly, each fabric tells a story. Interestingly, their definition of mass production is seven hands in a row painting on one twenty meter piece of fabric!
Each fabric design job starts with two things: a story and a colour palette.
African Sketchbook ’s unique work is sought after beyond the borders of South Africa. Acclaimed Designer Kit Kemp (Andrew Martin Designer of the Year) worked with the Sketchbook team for her Crosby Street Hotel in New York and her Soho Hotel in London. Private homes across the United States, to a Chateau in the French countryside, tell their history and stories through the art created for them by the Sketchbook team. Influential British designer Stephanie Hoppen has included some of the Sketchbook Portfolio in her publication “Perfect Curtains”. The list goes on…
African Sketchbook custom fabric designs are now available in Australia and New Zealand through emily ziz style studio, who co-ordinates the process between designers and decorators, and the studio in Cape Town. Fabric sample books of the FIRE and ICE ranges are also available through emily ziz.
How do they do it? Take a look here: http://www.africansketchbook.com/how-we-do-it/
African Sketchbook website: www.africansketchbook.com