March 5th, 2012 / posted by paularath

Chair by Angelina deAntonis of Ocelot

An Ocelot ensemble.

I’m seeing a movement among some fashion designers away from clothing and toward home style items such as table runners, pillows, duvet covers and the like. It makes sense. While people seem to spending less on clothing during this long recession, they are also tending to cocoon, spending more time at home. It stand to reason that they want their home to be as comfortable, beautiful and welcoming as possible.

Another benefit of home style design is simple: You’re not dealing with people’s bodies and all the size issues (not to mention psychological issues) that go with that.

When I was in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago, one of my favorite designers and textile artists, Angelina deAntonis of Ocelot, told me she is veering toward home design. She showed me some of her gorgeous table runners and pillow covers. Just today she emailed me a photo (see above) of a chair she created for her son Jacobi’s school fundraiser for the Rooftop Alternative K8 School.

She also held a workshop for the kids to create pillows with indigo dyed fabrics. Aren’t they charming?

Quite a few years back  Big Island fashion designer and silk painter Joan Blackshear deserted fashion design for home design. She’s never been happier. Here is some of her current work, now being sold in Honolulu at _____

– Paula Rath

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