ELWORTHY STUDIO || WALLPAPER
Kate Miller is the innovative artist and designer behind San Francisco-based Elworthy Studio, offering nonconformist wallpapers and fabrics. Avant garde design techniques and an earthy, sensual colour palette contribute to her signature style, at once opulent and moody, romantic and edgy, sophisticated and raw.
Kate has diverse experience in retail and design, a keen eye for style, and an ability to anticipate what’s next. The formative years of her career were with Bloomingdale’s, first in the buying office and later in visual merchandising/store display. She then moved to Shanghai and managed merchandising and product design for a fashion start up. Inspired to find an artistic outlet to express her creativity, Kate left the industry to pursue graduate studies in textile design and was captivated by the endless possibilities.
Established Spring 2015 and named after the designer’s great-grandmother, Elworthy Studio is an environmentally-conscious textile and wallpaper company that takes inspiration from the beauty of the natural world and the raw energy of urban life.
Wild Palms Grass Cloth Collection
After an especially grey and rainy winter in San Francisco, designer Kate Miller craved bright colour and bold print. This funky palm motif came from a detail she noticed in one of her rust-dyed fabric studies. Wild Palms Grasscloth is available in two colourways- Lovina and Sahara. Named after a black sand beach in Bali, Lovina features a charcoal background with flax palms and camel accents, printed on woven sisal grasscloth.
Clair Obscur Collection
Clair Obscur, an ethereal new fabric and wallpaper collection created with camera-less photo processes “developed” on photographic paper. Miller blended painting and printmaking techniques with alternative photography to achieve moody, enigmatic effects. Inspired by a Getty Museum exhibition about avant-garde photographers, Miller experimented with alternative photographic processes on new and vintage photo paper. Expired papers from a range of manufacturers over the decades expanded the colour nuances and outcome. After scanning the prints and digitally finessing, the designs are printed with water-based inks onto fine Belgian linen/cotton fabric and sustainable wallcoverings.
Clair Obscur is available as fabric for residential applications, and as wallpaper for residential, workplace, boutique hotels, restaurants and store design. Offered in a lush, romantic palette of inky black, earth tones, metallics, soft teal, and faded pink, the six designs in a total of 19 colourways bring photography’s unique luminosity to wallpaper and textiles. The collection is made entirely with environmentally responsible ingredients, produced in the US, and customisable as to colour.
Decay Collection Wallpapers
For Elworthy Studio’s debut collection, Kate was influenced by a rusted drain pipe she noticed outside of her apartment. Immediately drawn to its unique texture and colour, Kate found beauty in the otherwise ordinary urban object. In the Decay Collection, the designer explores the art of rust, hand-dyeing fabrics with the impressions of rusted objects and then turning to the computer to further develop colour and pattern. Kate’s tactile and experimental techniques yield designs that have a hand-crafted, organic beauty.
Everything in the collection is made to order, and produced with the utmost commitment to environmentally responsible practices.
The full Decay Collection can be printed onto the grasscloth wallcoverings.