I think a lot about kitchens. This is not only because I seem to spend an inordinate amount of my non-studio time in the kitchen, either cooking with friends or raiding the fridge. A lot of my artwork is very kitchen-friendly (chickens and vegetables, anyone?) and so naturally I tend to spend time thinking about ways to apply my art to add beauty to a kitchen.
At shows I meet a lot of people who love the bold and dramatic look of my hand-carved Asian Vegetable block prints. But it’s a smaller subset of people who have the luxury of a big, empty wall space in their kitchen to hang the framed prints. I started thinking, Why not hand-screenprint designs on dish towels? Almost every kitchen, no matter how cozy, has an oven handle or a towel rack or some kind of horizontal bar where one hangs a dish towel. Why not use that space to add a dramatic artistic bit o’ flair? Best of all, there is no framing involved and it’s easy to switch out your artwork– just throw it in the wash and replace with a different bold design. It’s like having a traveling art show in your kitchen.
With that philosophy in mind, I’ve added 4 cool new cotton flour-sack dishtowels to my product line. Each design was originally hand-carved into blocks. Like all my vegetable and fruit illustrations, the inspiration for these designs came from the fresh-picked produce of the incredible Chino Farms. I love the bold black and white designs on the white background, and the little red accent gives each one just the right amount of punch.