Fabric as Art

Even though I’ a writer, I am also a visual person, often inspired by images, colors or sometimes both. I was recently browsing the Duralee website (I’m a huge fan of their fabrics and furniture, how about you?) and stopped in an instant when I stumbled across this photo of the Thomas Paul Prints 2 fabric collection.

Designer Thomas Paul’s prints are charming, whimsical and refreshingly modern, and I especially love his use of different shades of purple! Not only did this color story catch my eye, but so did the styling of the photo. It has inspired my next DIY project.

See those fantastic framed prints resting in front of the upholstered sofa? They’re fabric. Yep, that’s right—pieces of fabric framed and hung in an unusual, yet striking way. Now I’m sure the stylist carefully chose, cut and positioned the fabrics just so before they framed them for this ad, however, I absolutely love this idea for turning scraps of leftover fabric at home into artwork.

The key is choosing a variety of frames in unusual shapes and sizes and then pairing those up with a collection of prints that somehow just work together. Have fun and whatever you do, be sure to map out your placement on paper first before hammering that first nail into the wall!

Have you framed fabric before? If so, let us know and send in a photo!

lauren debellis

A former magazine editor, Lauren DeBellis has been writing and producing stories about home decorating and design for nearly ten years. She resides in East Northport with her husband.