Perfect prints from Maze and Vale

I’m taking tiny steps in becoming a textile designer and have just found a local studio where I can screen print my work. In the meantime I have been getting inspiration from other illustrators and printers. Today I stumbled across Leslie Keating, a Canadian designer who is based in Melbourne, Australia. Leslie creates hand printed textiles under the name Maze and Vale. I was really struck by her use of simple clean shapes and soft dusty colours. As a designer I have a tendency to overwork patterns and include too many shapes. These prints really do show how simple ideas can work.

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What really got me excited is that she sells cuttings of her dropcloths (sheets of protective cloth placed underneath your printing fabric) as pieces of art. What a fantastic idea! I’ve always loved the unusual layers and shapes created on lengths of old dropcloth.

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You can purchase these prints from the Maze and Vale website or grab some fabric on the Etsy site. While you’re there I recommend following her Instagram¬†page for more exciting prints and patterns.

2 Comments

  1. leslie 11th December 2013

    Aw, thanks so much for the sweet write up, Hannah!! And congrats on getting back to work!! I’ll be holding a handprinted fabric swap in February which is lots of fun and a great excuse to play with prints, check my blog (which I need to update more often!) for details after Christmas if you want to join in! xx

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  2. hannahbrown7 18th December 2013

    I’d love to join in but i live in the UK! That’s a bit too far i think. xx

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