Annie Lewis Design / Ink and Snow
Who are you and what do you do?
I collect vintage Vera scarves, swim in Lake Washington, cook 7 spice curries, and love design of all types. I selected the name ‘ink & snow’ for my business because I have great admiration for both Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics. The pattern designs for my fabrics are created by hand in two ways: with sumi ink and brush, or by cutting shapes from paper. I hand silkscreen each of my designs on upcycled and new cotton fabrics using soy based, environmentally friendly inks.
The studio process and progression of my work is really fun for me, but seeing what my customers create with my limited edition fabrics is truly exciting!
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
This summer I saw a terrific show of Richard Diebenkorn’s drawings and paintings at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. I paid more attention to the beautiful lines in his work rather than the broad blocks of paint and color I’ve been captivated by in the past. These observations were great inspiration for my latest designs (which I’m very excited about!)
One of my favorite Diebenkorn quotes is: ‘It’s not a matter of painting life, it’s a matter of giving life to a painting.” I’m a big believer that shapes and colors and patterns can express energy – be it bold, or fresh, or playful, or soothing. Exploring and sharing the energy in design is one of my fascinations.
How did you get started in your business?
Two very generous and thoughtful people kicked me in the seat. One offered me an opportunity and the other believed I could do it. Another good motivator? Woody Allen’s line about 80% of success coming from just showing up!
Who’s your biggest fan?
Definitely my daughter. She’s also a fantastic coach.
What’s something you’ve learned through running your business in the past 12 months?
A cup of tea and bit of chocolate enjoyed mid afternoon is great for long days in the studio.