At a glance: Multi-talented artist Amelie Mancini produces hand-printed textiles for her bags and linens, along with hand-carved wooden spoons and cutting boards. And she makes her own line of baseball cards too. This gal does it all.
Who’s behind the brand? Amelie Mancini is originally from Lyon, and studied arts and design at the Sorbonne in Paris. Shortly after finishing art school she moved to New York and focused on her fine arts painting for years. Eventually she decided to refocus and start her own business, first with a series of hand-printed baseball cards (as a french transplant she quickly fell in love with the über-american sport), then expanding thematically to the line of block-printed textile goods we now know and love.
What do they do? After finishing a series of large-scale paintings (which you can see here), she wanted to try her hand at something more whimsical and began experimenting with a medium that was totally new to her: linoleum block printing. The result was an absolutely charming line of baseball cards (check them out at her first shop here, along with the similarly themed t-shirts, pennants and prints). After a while she expanded into the line we now know under her name, which includes a series of cacti, tropical plants, and sea shells, all silk screened (from the original block prints) onto sweet little pouches, pillows, table linens and tote bags. And as if that weren’t enough, she also makes hand-carved arrow-shaped wooden spoons and cutting boards.
What materials do they use? The majority of her textile work is silk screened with non-toxic water-based ink onto linen, though the tote bag is lined with 100% organic cotton canvas for durability and has leather handles. She also has some supple leather pouches with the same motifs printed on them for a little extra oomph. Her wood pieces (we still are amazed at the range of stuff this woman produces!) are all hand-carved walnut. If you head over to the baseball line at Left Field Cards to check out the t-shirts, they are all silk-screened on 100% cotton American Apparel t-shirts.
Where are they based? Amelie has her studio in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York.
Editors’ favorites from the line? We think it would be super fun to mix a set of the cactus napkins with a set of the tropical ones, and love the printed leather pouches. We’re also dying to get our hands on some of her wooden arrow spoons, but those sell out quickly and are usually out of stock, so you have to pounce when they become available!
Where can I get the goods? The best place is on her own website, where you have access to all the goods in one place. Some of her pieces are also carried at various stockists in the US and abroad so if you are hoping to check it all out in person before you buy, you can see if there’s something near you here. She also has a shop on etsy if you prefer. And for any baseball fans out there (and even non-fans; we confess we don’t much care about sports but we got a kick out of these anyway), be sure to head over to Left Field Cards to check out her earlier baseball work.