New Spring Fabric Collection at Galbraith & Paul!
I’ve been a big fan of Galbraith & Paul fabrics and patterns for a while. Founded in Philadelphia by Liz Galbraith and Ephraim Paul in 1986, the studio started as a handmade paper company specializing in lighting. They have since grown to include a gorgeous line of hand blocked textiles, handmade wallpapers and rugs available to the trade. We are lucky to have them now represented at the Boston Design Center via Studio 534. These simple, refreshing designs come in multiple colorways and are a great addition to one’s home. Room & Board also sells an exclusive line of pillows and lighting made by Galbraith & Paul.
Celebrating its 25th year, Galbraith & Paul introduces 4 new patterns to its collection of hand block printed fabrics: Lotus, Pomegranate, Monarch, & Ribbon. Designed by Liz Galbraith, this spring’s collection is printed on three different linens and offered in a rich and unusual palette of colorways and combinations. Because all of Galbraith & Paul fabrics are printed to order, clients can substitute and customize colors and ground cloths to an extent not possible in most fabric lines. The company offers as many as 100 colors to choose from, 37 patterns and six grounds!
- Lotus in Sprout by Galbraith & Paul
When designing, Galbraith says, “I touch on many design traditions, but I’m careful not to land on any.” The resulting patterns are at once both familiar and original, yielding a look that is transitional and versatile. Lotus and Pomegranate are drawn from Indian textile traditions, where floral elements are decorative, painterly, and abstract. Monarch and Ribbon are inspired by English and French ticking and border patterns, using stripes as a playful vehicle for color combination and coordination. “Color is my passion,” Galbraith says. “Nature is my inspiration.”
Ephraim Paul, the other half of the Galbraith & Paul duo, runs the office and works with showrooms and vendors. He very kindly agreed to an interview with Chez Elza for this post!
Liz, Paul, what inspired you to move from paper making for the lighting industry to textiles and rugs? Liz: In the mid 1990’s, I became interested in block printing as a different way to make patterns in the studio. I had always loved fabric, and block printing became a great way to make patterns that had a handmade, artisanal quality to them.
Liz, where did you learn the art of block printing?
I read about it in a book and started with some small blocks. We printed table runners for Simon Pearce stores as one of our first orders.
- Monarch In Denim by Galbraith & Paul
- Pomegranate pattern in Currant by Galbraith & Paul
Where do you draw your inspiration for these beautiful patterns from?
Liz: First, from nature: gardens, plans and flowers. Second: From a wide variety of design traditions that inspire me-everything from Amish quilts, Mid-Century Modern, Wiener Werkstatte, Bloomsbury, William Morris, Fortuny, etc.
- Block Printing process at Galbraith & Paul
How long does it take your company to produce a yard of fabric?
Liz: We hand block print everything to order. A printer can do between 12 and 18 yards of fabric a day.
What are your favorite patterns in the new line? Liz: The Lotus and the Monarch
Can you tell us more about your rug and wallpaper lines? Ephraim: The rugs have been in our line since 2005. We do both hand tufted and hand knotted. The rugs are made in Thailand and Nepal respectively. Our fabric patterns lend themselves beautifully to rugs, and we’ve tried to capture the artisanal look and fell of our our fabrics in the rugs. Everything is made to order, and lots of customization is possible. Size, construction, scale and color: all can be changed and tweaked to make a truly special rug.
- Rug in Fern pattern in Denim color by Galbraith & Paul
The wallpaper is new to our line and produced in our studio digitally, though nobody can really tell this! What you see are the same kind of handmade textures, shadings, color blendings, etc that you see in our fabrics. We do 11 patterns in a variety of colorways, all of which can be customized to meet the client’s needs.
- Wallpaper Rolls by Galbraith & Paul
- Tile Wall Paper in Kiwi with an upholstered sofa in Diamond Pattern
What advice would you give a wannabe textile designer? Liz: Lear how to draw and paint. Do things by hand!
- A selection of patterns from the New Spring Collection at Galbraith & Paul
This new Spring fabric collection comes in many beautiful colorways. I see you can custom any fabric and offer 100 colors! How does the customization process work? For the fabric and wallpaper, you can choose any color from our palette for any of the patterns. There is a minimum order of 5 yards for custom. There is no up-charge per yard, just a $50 strike off* fee. Clients love working with our palettes since they can customize the patterns and make them just right for any project!
Thank You, Liz & Ephraim!
*A strike off in designer jargon is a custom sample of the custom order for the designer to approve.
Note: All photos are from the Galbraith & Paul website.