Updated website

January 31, 2011

I just finished updating my website.

www.taniajohnsondesign.com

Now you can scroll over the rug images and see accurate close ups of each rug texture (still can’t fully capture how stunning a 200 knot wool/silk quality feels though!!) and I have also added in a bit more information on my inspiration and process. 

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Nepal trip November 2010

December 20, 2010

Got back from another amazing trip to Nepal a few weeks ago. Meetings with the factory went really well, and it was nice to see some of my rugs in production this time. I experimented with trying different color combinations and knot counts for my new samples, and was really happy with the work they did. I am excited about seeing the full rugs for the next ICFF. I also actually managed to get out of Kathmandu this time and we did some trekking in the countryside near Dhulikhel – really beautiful.

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Reflected Trees

December 20, 2010

Very pleased with my new design. The factory did an amazing job of blending different shades of color, and mixing wool and silk, in one knot!

Wool/silk design

Mix magazine

September 17, 2010

Thanks Justine at Mix magazine

( http://www.globalcolor.co.uk/home.php) for putting me on your ‘Things we love’ page!

Modenus

September 17, 2010

I just joined Modenus. It’s a great new social network specifically made for the interior design community.
http://www.modenus.com/catalog/search?manID=206

carpet exhibition

September 16, 2010

Weaving my ‘Tree Reflections’ design for an upcoming exhibition with 4 other great rug designers at the New York Design Center this November. Looking forward to seeing the whole design, hopefully it will be here in a few weeks before the festival season starts in Nepal!

ICFF 2010

May 21, 2010

So, ICFF is over. After all the preparation, and waiting, it went by very fast! At first there was a bit of a hitch, one of my rugs ‘Branches’, which is pure silk, was supposed to hang on the wall. Once up though, there was just an amazing sheen of color and no design to be seen as the silk pile caught the light so dramatically. It ended up on the floor which turned out to be a good thing, as then people were able to walk around it and see the branch design disappear as they moved around. I think the show went well, hard to gauge as it was my first time showing but I met a lot of interesting people and the rugs got a very good response. The other attendees were also great, and I got to know some of the other GoodWeave rug designers – a really nice group of people.

The rugs are here!

May 10, 2010

Very excited after receiving almost all of my rugs samples, the factory did an amazing job and the quality is beautiful. Just one more to come, there was a general strike in Nepal last week (lasting an unusually long 6 days which must have been horrendous for the people there as everything basically has to close, businesses, stores etc.) which held it up but it is en route now so will hopefully get here in time. ICFF starts Saturday so fingers crossed!

Next stage

April 9, 2010

Now the nail biting begins. My website will be ready soon and then I need to get brochures etc. printed for the show but meanwhile I can only wait for the samples. The factory sends me updated photos each week which is great but seeing the painstaking time it takes to weave a small section almost worsens the anxiety of whether they will get here on time. Next time round will hopefully be less scary, I’ll make sure to get my final designs started a bit earlier!

Leaking Lines

April 5, 2010

The other day it rained unusually hard in NY, and unfortunately there was a really bad leak through our skylight. It was messy, damp and stressful but when the rain eventually stopped and the sun shone through onto the brown, streaky lines now gracing our wall, I thought how lovely it would be if the lines were woven silk on wool. Several photos later and I wasn’t so unhappy with the leak after all!