Birdwatching Jersey Scarf
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This is a new scarf design with little songbirds nestled among lots of leafy flowery vines, printed on a super soft bamboo-cotton jersey fabric. Morris & Essex started designing this pattern without any product in mind, just wanting a new repeat pattern to experiment with, printing continuous yardage on the nice big textile printing table at A Gathering of Stitches studio in Portland, Maine. Sometimes with a new pattern Eliza spend lots of energy trying to come up with something new and interesting and exciting, but this time she just wanted something pretty to practice printing with, so she didn’t think so much about it – just whipped up whatever happened to come easily, which of course was twining vines of leaves and flowers and birds. The end result is a beautiful and original piece of art you can wear!
Super-soft and comfy sea-green bamboo-cotton blend scarf, hand-silkscreened with Morris & Essex original design in beautiful teal green ink. Scarf edges are raw, unhemmed, but naturally tend to curl a bit. Scarf measures approx. 60" x 18", long enough to wrap around the neck twice, or tie in a dozen different beautiful styles. Bamboo jersey is a relatively eco-friendly fabric made from tree fiber, beautifully soft and fine and drapey. Hand wash for longest life.
Tencel fabric, ink
Meet the Maker ~ Morris & Essex
Morris & Essex products are all designed by Eliza Jane Curtis. She hand-prints most of her products; others are produced in collaboration with other talented crafters and carefully chosen makers. Eliza’s designs are inspired by vintage ephemera, nature and fantasy, geometry, folk art and traditional patterns and textures from around the world. She uses organic, natural and non-toxic materials as much as possible. Eliza works out of a farmhouse studio in the small historic district of Limington, Maine. She uses a variety of techniques, old and new: silkscreen, letterpress, linocut block-printing, hand-cut stamps, paper, scissors and glue, and the computer. Morris & Essex began around 1998 as a series of hand-printed birds on thrift-shop t-shirts, made in the silkscreen studio at Parsons School of Design. Over the years, Morris & Essex productions have evolved and moved with Eliza from Manhattan to Brooklyn, NY to Buenos Aires, Argentina and now to rural Maine. Eliza loves creating a world filled with pattern and color, turning her designs into useful products that serve a need and make someone happy, and that last for years and years. She believes that the things we use everyday are important and valuable; rather than contributing to a culture of disposable goods, she hopes to produce durable, meaningful items that last beyond the first impression.