Willywaw is a very small design studio in Narragansett, Rhode Island. We create handmade, screen printed textiles and prints in a range of products that are inspired by nature. We print in small batches, hand mix our inks and use organic cotton, hemp canvas and natural linens. Ashley Van Etten is the owner, illustrator, designer and seamstress behind all the work.
This past spring we moved the studio into an amazing space, signed a three year lease, and have been working non-stop ever since. We've been patiently growing our cliental, holding off on press releases and wholesale inquiries while we get things in order. The new year marks the next step forward for us and we want to grow!
With your help we’ll be able to upgrade equipment, increase production and take the next step in manufacturing. While I would love to sew and print every item as I do now, my passion is illustration and design and that's where I need to focus my attention. I also need more time to run the business. From our home grown roots, selling at our local organic farmers' market and on Etsy, to the desire to manufacture locally we are committed to being part of the handmade economy. New England still has a small textile industry which is steeped in tradition and we would love to be a part of it's resurgence.
With funding from this kickstarter project I’ll purchase an industrial sewing machine, serger and an industrial iron. I’ll be able to produce exceptionally well-made products faster, bring in help, and keep up with demand as I transition my time back to the drawing table to create even more interesting and beautiful multi-colored prints and products.
Any money raised beyond the funding goal will be used for printing equipment, work tables, and bigger screens. Thank you for checking out my Kickstarter project and I appreciate your support!
Red Nest Place Mat on Triple-washed Hemp Canvas © 2010 Ashley Van Etten
Kaleidoscope Leaf Print on Hemp Canvas ©2010 Ashley Van Etten
Mushroom Spore Print on Hemp/Cotton Canvas Pillow
© 2010 Ashley Van Etten
Seaweed Tote in Lemongrass on Organic Cotton Canvas with Hemp Webbing
©2010 Ashley Van Etten
“Dragonfly” Note card on Fabriano Italian mould-made paper from original oil glaze painting © 2010 Ashley Van Etten
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