Watercolor and Digital Art on Pillows

Watercolor and Digital Art on Pillows

Adrienne Breaux
May 14, 2010

We discovered a local Austin artist combining both hand-created watercolor paintings and digital manipulations to create decorative pillows that are more like artful illustrations than just additions to a couch. We love the geometric patterns, the colors and the idea behind them.

As a textile and graphic designer, Emily Goodwin Wong has a great grasp of geometric patterns, organic shapes and the mixing of colors to create certain moods with fabric. As mentioned, we love the method in which she's created these pillows, as described by Emily:

"My prints combine watercolor dye painting and computer design, and have a warm, ethnic and geometric vibe. The fabric is digitally printed in North Carolina with a method that uses less ink than traditional printing, making it a more environmentally friendly technology. It also allows for printing millions of colors, allowing the designs to have rich depth and detail. The pillow covers are available on their own, or with inserts. The inserts are handmade using kapok - a soft-as-down, hypoallergenic, and resilient fiber."

Using sketches from life, Emily will create watercolor paintings using watercolor dyes and then scan them into Photoshop to alter and manipulate them, creating layers perfect for a repeating fabric. The fabric backing is found locally at places like The Quilt Store or The Stitch Lab. A simple idea, we really like how it combines both handmade crafts and digital technology, giving a warm but modern look with lots of depth and layers. You can purchase Emily's pillows at her Etsy store.

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