Bringing the heart and soul back into textiles and away from the mass production so commonly found nowadays. This Northwest small studio specializes in high quality, hand block printed textiles to beautify the home.
At a time of life when many people are resigning themselves to slogging it out a few more years in a job they don’t particularly love, owner Deb Spofford headed back to college. At age 50 she enrolled in college at Philadelphia University and walked out with a masters degree in textile design. She had forged a love of textiles and especially an appreciation of the hand blocked textiles she had seen in Asia. She brought that passion and newly acquired knowledge back with her to the Portland area to create Made on 23rd. Her studio is located in the Felida area of Vancouver, WA and her products are sold on her online website.
Deb works along with two staff designers, and together they create carved wood blocks which are used to print directly onto fine fabrics such as linen and velvet. Their fabrics are then turned into items to beautify and bring unique personality to your home in the form of pillows, curtains, kitchen towels, napkins, table runners, and other home goods.
Their guiding belief is that objects that are high quality and hand made are items that will be loved and be kept longer than the mass produced, lower quality items that are thrown away after a short time in today’s throwaway society. Quality endures and the small imperfections found in hand made items should be cherished. Her designs are timeless.
If you like to DIY and explore your inner artisan, you would enjoy attending one of their weekend workshops. They also have a very nice blog to follow covering a wide variety of interests including tablescapes, antiquing clay garden pots, local artist spotlights, and craft projects. If you are interested in seeing beauty all around you whether in art, design, or in the garden, this blog is just the place for you. Inspiring Material Blog