The Portuguese artist, well known for her use of varying fiber art techniques to create works of woven sculptural art that draw attention to the need to save our oceans, did not start her journey on this path.
While she began her academic career set on going into the fashion industry, she quickly realized that the trade is one of the biggest polluters in the world and altered course. Now, using upcycled materials and waste from the textile industry, she aims to bring awareness to problems of imbalance in our world.
The works have expanded from the coral reef scenes she began with, and now encompass many textures and environments – you can feel deeply connected with the details of nature she recreates; be it underwater, in the forest, a field of flowers, the lunar landscape, or beyond. Using the most eco-friendly materials and processes available, Vanessa creates to call attention to the importance of our universe, our planet, our home.
*All images copyright Vanessa Barragão
One of the designers that we love to work with is Ryan Lawson. His touch ranges from eclectic style, to playful & funky, to clean and serene.
There is just so much to appreciate about Ryan's eclectic side. His use of carefully selected art and objects are amplified by texture, pattern, and finish, as seen in this Sag Harbor guest bedroom.
One thing that we've noticed about Ryan's eclectic spaces is the combination of three major elements - wood, metal, and textural fibers (upholstery, carpets, and wallpaper).
It's all in the details, as you can easily note by this gorgeous dovetailed mahogany trim with unlacquered brass handrail that is so nicely matched with a custom stair runner from our Kouhi Collection.
There is a warmth to these types of projects that generates a down to earth vibe and highlights an appreciation for objects and artwork of significance.
As we move into spaces with a clean and serene vibe, we often note cool grays and soft whites, still textural fibers, but less distinct patterns. Though even in simplicity, his eclectic flair can be recognized in the details.
Decisive use of basic shapes seems to be a theme that can be noted in many of Ryan's projects, but when we view one's that are uniquely playful we just love the way he uses color and shape to make bold statements, and think the pairing of graphic Navajo carpets is such a wonderful compliment to these funky spaces.
Sometimes we get the pleasure of working on a fully customized rug with Ryan, and it's amazing to see his senses of creativity and connection shine in pieces like this reinterpretation of a Memphis Milano design, woven in the Navajo tradition, which was produced to compliment the client's collection of antique rugs.
Bottom line - we are always impressed with Ryan's work, and love seeing our carpets featured in these wonderful and carefully curated spaces.
"Displaying a carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit, inquisitive and intriguing PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri helps us to embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives. Rekindling gratitude for some of the qualities that blue represents complemented by a new perspective that resonates today, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri places the future ahead in a new light.
We are living in transformative times. PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri is a symbol of the global zeitgeist of the moment and the transition we are going through. As we emerge from an intense period of isolation, our notions and standards are changing, and our physical and digital lives have merged in new ways. Digital design helps us to stretch the limits of reality, opening the door to a dynamic virtual world where we can explore and create new color possibilities. With trends in gaming, the expanding popularity of the metaverse and rising artistic community in the digital space PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri illustrates the fusion of modern life and how color trends in the digital world are being manifested in the physical world and vice versa."-Pantone
What can we say that Pantone hasn't already captured in their statement, other than we look forward to seeing what you do with this strong color choice? Will you contrast it with additional colors, or keep it contained? However you work with the 2022 color of the year, we're sure it will be impactful, as per the nature of it's vibration.
As an ode to this hue, we've put together a little inspiration in the rug department. Some of these choices may fully embrace Very Peri in their essence, while others may only accent it, and we're excited to see which way you lean.
Please remember that all of our wonderful carpets are fully customizable to your specific needs, be it color, size, or design - if you can envision it, we can create it. Browse our collections, or contact us to get started today.
This year is a learning curve for everyone in so many aspects of life; and now as we find ourselves in a time which traditionally represents back to school, we are learning that changing our traditions is not as easy as we would like it to be.
As our homes become our classrooms, we are pushing ourselves to change the ways that we and our children learn and grow.
It's no secret that basic geometry, bright colors, and interesting textures can enhance creative thought and critical thinking. That's why we're sharing designs which bring us back to the basics of learning.
Colors can enhance our mood too. Lively colors promote a healthy level of energy - which is more important than ever in a world where classes involve sitting in front of a computer all day long.
If we can promote happiness and creativity through the spaces we live (and now work, learn, and play) in, perhaps we can retain some sort of normalcy within the balance of our wold.
Let's try to design spaces which aid us in navigating this new and strange normal.
Let's make it a priority to create compelling spaces to help us do that.
Lets celebrate all the vibrant things that there are to be grateful for in life, by filling our homes with color!
Lets embrace the unexpected new ways of learning in a way that enriches our souls.
While we may still be adjusting to the new systems that we find ourselves navigating, there's no reason we can't have fun while we do that in the most efficient way possible.
Bringing bold colors and basic shapes into our interior environments just might be the basic building blocks we need to move forward into this new system of education we find ourselves in, and may even enhance our learning curve in a positive way.
This month we are excited to introduce some new arrivals in the way of our Four Corners collection.
The Four Corners Collection of flatwoven rugs are inspired by the designs and methods of traditional American Navajo weavings. While some of our designs are directly based off of antiques from the inventory of our sister company, Antique Rug Studio, others are an abstraction of the style.
The Shaker Collection is a simple, and comfortable line of floor coverings, inspired by traditional American Rag Rugs. Durable and easy to work with, much of the charm of these pieces comes from the variation of color found within – as well as the memory of a space you may have known in your past.