Eskayel's new collection: Indigo / Ikat features deep, complex indigo motifs inspired by the artisans and weaving traditions of Sumba, Indonesia. We chatted with Shanan Campanaro about her new designs, where she finds inspiration and what's next.
IN THE DECADE SINCE YOU FIRST LAUNCHED ESKAYEL, WHAT MOMENTS FEEL THE MOST MEMORABLE?
My first real press in Interior Design magazine was very exciting; they featured the wallpapers made from my polar bear paintings in 2010. Also moving Eskayel from a live/work loft to its very own space in 2016 was a major milestone!
HOW HAS YOUR DESIGN PROCESS EVOLVED OVER THE YEARS?
The biggest change in my design process is that I don’t just design wallpaper anymore. Now I design into other products like textile and rugs as well, and the process is different for each material.
TELL US ABOUT THE CONCEPT AND DEVELOPMENT BEHIND THE INDIGO / IKAT COLLECTION?
I fell in love with a beautiful piece I found at Threads of Life in Bali that had been woven with their artisans in Sumba in 2009. I dreamed of figuring out how to produce my own Ikat fabric for years but never really pursued it until around 2014 when I approached Threads of Life to help me translate some of my designs in this traditional way. They worked to connect me with a master weaver in Sumba and we created several cloths that were hand tied, hand dyed and hand woven as translations of some of my most iconic patterns. The collection today is a printed version of those original pieces.
WHERE DO YOU GO TO FIND INSPIRATION? ANY FAVORITE ARTISTS, DESIGNERS OR TRAVEL DESTINATIONS?
I love to travel and that is where I find most of my inspiration. I love going places I haven’t been before, and next on my list are El Salvador, Guatemala and the Philippines. Some favorites are Nicaragua, the south of Italy and Indonesia.
WITH SUCH A DEEP ARCHIVE OF DESIGNS, WHICH PATTERNS AND COLORS ARE CLOSEST TO YOUR HEART?
Well, my favorite color is blue, with green a close second runner-up. I love the ocean and all the different types of blues you can find in the sea.
WE ADMIRE HOW YOU'VE ALWAYS VALUED CONNECTING WITH THE DESIGN COMMUNITY AT LARGE. TELL US WHAT YOU ARE DOING DURING THIS CURRENT TIME OF WORKING FROM HOME AND SOCIAL DISTANCING?
We are making masks with our patterns on them and this has not only helped keep our factory in business, but we have also managed to raise a significant amount of money for DirectRelief.org in the process. Nick and I have also been doing live DJ sets on Instagram which has been pretty fun!!
WHAT'S COMING NEXT?
We are launching the same Ikat designs in another color called Morinda. The red color is derived from another of the traditional dyes used in Sumba called Morinda.