During the day, Griswold is a busy place, but at night it calms down. This is the first floor where we have our fabric prep & finish, ink mixing, and storage of screens. Upstairs, on the second floor, are the long tables where fabric is actually printed frame by frame. If you are a fabric artisan we want to help you reach your artistic vision. Contact us to learn more about our low minimums and our ability to assist with each step of the process. Day or night, our historic factory is a beautiful site, especially if we are printing your fabrics!
Jack Wilson Photo
First, lets start with the beautiful logo…
Caitley grew up in the ancient cities of Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt where she was surrounded by some of the oldest, and most magnificent forms of art and design in history. Having had such first impressions as a young designer, her work is heavily influenced by the bold, but lyrical, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean ornamentation and the perfection of imperfection of artisan made craft.
Each design and its story document a different part of Caitley’s journey. With these multicultural influences, and the period fabrics from her first career in costuming, Caitleys’ designs create a modern nomadic fusion of periods both old and new, drawn from cultures both near and far.
Here are some of the designs currently being produced at Griswold Textile Print. Like many talented designers, Caitley Symons began by printing her fabric designs herself. As her business grew, Caitley began working with Griswold to increase the volume of fabric available to customers.
Here are a few fabric shots..
and a stunning photo of a hand printed textile from Caitley Symons Design and Textile website…
house + ink is a design collaboration between two sisters in Atlanta. With backgrounds in graphic design and product development, each brings her own aesthetic and personality to create original patterns and hand screen-printed fabric. house + ink started over patio lunch hours in midtown Atlanta — a creative outlet that gave two sisters another reason to hang out. After a few years of work, they have arrived at sharing some of the fruits of their labor. Enjoy
Charlotte Osterman, of Charlotte Osterman Design, has a dramatic backstory to her new venture. With a BFA in graphic design and an early interest in printmaking and interactive design, Charlotte became the Print Director for DVF. Charlotte led the DVF textile design team for five years and developed hundreds of prints per season. She also was responsible for bringing computer capabilities to the design team and boosting the productivity of the company in dramatic ways. You can read more about Charlotte’s exciting past and her colorful current adventures at her web site – charlotteosterman.com
Charlotte is now focusing her attention on the design and print of interior textiles and accessories. Her home town of Chicago, with beautiful structural patterns and color combinations, is a major source of inspiration.
This hand screened pattern is called “Flower Child”…
At first glance, you might think the room is primed for an elaborate banquet. Long tables stretch fifty yards from the center of the room down the length of the rectangular space. Each table is swathed in white fabric, some of it boasting colorful and intricate patterns.
But this is not, in fact, a function room awaiting party guests. It’s Griswold Textile Print, a historic, third-generation, family-owned mill in Westerly, Rhode Island, that screen-prints, by hand, Melinda Cox’s line of vibrant, patterned fabrics. Cox, founder and owner of Providence-based textile and rug company Balanced Design, strolls the tables with a practiced eye, checking the progress of the prints. Her own designs range from oversize peacock-feather imagery and geometric stripes to patterns that mimic bird footprints or butterfly wings—all inspired by shapes she observes in her everyday surroundings.
Fabric designer are exceptional artists, they are inspired by pattern, color and texture in amazingly perceptive ways. It’s always a great treat to learn more about their sources of inspiration and see how that inspiration is represented in finished fabric.
Michele Dopp, owner of Fabric and Steel derives her designs from her Brooklyn, NY surroundings. With camera in hand, she travels Brooklyn, capturing the strength and softness of street scenes. Her urban-inspired fabrics return the favor. When placed in a room, they blend with texture and space to create something truly unique, evoking the setting from where they were derived. The fabric names are Pavement, Salvage, Cross-section and many more you can see these stunning hand screened fabrics on her website.
The current issue of Rue Magazine has an interview with Michele Dopp about her business, Fabric and Steel. Michele covers the importance of a business plan, her multi-role background, and also why she finds Brooklyn such a source of inspiration. She discusses what she calls “urban softness” and has beautiful ways to describe what this means. Check it out at Rue Magazine’s article on Michele Dopp.
Content: 100% Linen
Horizontal Repeat: 8.83″
Vertical Repeat: 6.75″
Care: Dry Clean
Woven in Belgium, Hand Screen Printed in U.S.
Fabric and Steel offers artisan textiles which begin as architecturally inspired designs in Brooklyn, are woven in Belgium and then printed at Griswold Textile in New England.
In their own words…
Fabric and Steel is about place and texture. The F&S textile collection reflects a conversation between the places and textures that make up our lives.
The Brooklyn based interiors textile company, Fabric and Steel, was founded by Michele Dopp after working for over a decade in the interior design industry.
Michele holds a degree in art history from New York University. Her experience, education and passion for architecture and design informs the philosophy behind the subtle, handcrafted prints, which make up the F&S curated collection.
F&S fabrics reflect the relationship between the ephemeral interior and the more permanent exterior of designed spaces. The combination of beautiful, rough, architectural materials and the art of refined, intimate design is the foundation of the line.
Visit Fabric and Steel to see the full fabric line and also see be sure to see the images of fabrics in an architectural context, amazing design. The repeat patterns are also really interesting.
Angela Adams and Sherwood Hamill are the creative force behind the Portland based angela adams. They get inspiration from the landscape of Maine, the people they encounter, and the family and friends they share their lives with. They design and produce handcrafted furniture, textiles, rugs, and have also curated a selection of books. Visit at angela adams Website. Definitely visit, a stunning collection of handcrafted design!
angela adams brings modern design to all areas of the home. From serveware, linens, and barware for the dining room, to pillows and bedding for the bedroom, our accessories are cheerful accents to add graphic pop to every room.