This Celebrity- and Designer-Favorite Brand Just Launched New Art Prints Again After Two Years, and They’re Perfect for a Gallery Wall
Remember Block Shop? Founded by Hopie Stockman and her sister, Lily, this textile company took the home decor world by storm a few years back with their pillows, prints, and more that seamlessly combined a modern, California cool aesthetic with traditional hand-block printing methods from a women-run printing studio in India. Block Shop’s graphic, linear patterns became instant classics, popularized by designers like Emily Henderson and Sarah Sherman Samuels, the latter of whom used the brand’s pieces in actor and singer Mandy Moore’s home. Three years ago, I even went so far as to suggest that Block Shop’s Sidewinder print was the new “For Like Ever” poster. Well, all this is to say that after over a two year hiatus, Block Shop is finally back with a new collection of woodblock paper prints, and the cult-like following just might strike again.
The Fall/Winter 2021 collection was inspired by various natural elements of the West Coast, with motifs ranging from whale-watching along the Oregon coast and camping trips in the Sierra Nevada to the old-growth forests of the Cascades. Like previous collections, the prints are made by hand with a zero waste, wooden block process using non-toxic, AZO-free chemical dyes on recycled cotton rag paper.
If you want even more Block Shop in your life, the brand also recently collaborated with another California-based home decor company, Fireclay Tile, on an exclusive line of hand-painted tiles. The collection features four graphic designs — a dot and dash motif, a triangle and circle design, a squiggle, and a concentric stripe pattern — that all come in several colorways and can be arranged in almost limitless configurations or mixed in with other Fireclay field tiles to create unique installations. Because the collaboration is inspired by 20th-century female artists who paved the way for today’s makers, five percent of all sales will go to Allies in Arts, a non-profit that supports underrepresented creatives.