I've always been a fan of West Elm, but I especially love the way they've made a point of working with independent artists and artisans lately. Whether this comes from a genuine love for craft, is a play to make a giant company feel more friendly, or a little of both, I don't care. It's really a win-win: talented independent designers get fantastic exposure, customers delight in becoming acquainted with artisans and more special, less mass market-feeling pieces, and handmade culture is celebrated.
Recently, they collaborated with designer and illustrator Paulina Reyes (she's also Design Director at Mother New York) on a collection of throw pillows. The pillows feature a vibrant, painterly patterns which were inspired by Mexican Talavera pots.
Cinco de Mayo (fondly referred to as Cinco de Drinko by a friend of mine) is this Sunday, and I'm feeling inspired by Mexican handicrafts! Here's a roundup of some fun things I found, using Paulina's pillows as an inspiration:
1. Paulina Reyes for West Elm pillows here, here, here. 2. Vintage Mexican dress, The Hunter Gatherer on Etsy. 3. Hand-screened Otomí print, Scout & Lilly shop on Etsy. 4. Small Succulent Planters (fair trade and handmade), SERRV. 5. Glass Sunburst Mirror, Direct from Mexico
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