UNIQUE, DECORATIVE & FLAMBOYANT
Dutch born artist Carola van Dyke studied Textile Design and Illustration in the 90’s and has worked as an illustrator and children’s wear designer for many years. In 2009 she changed direction as she had always been attracted to the world of decorative arts and design.
Today her textile studio is a thriving hub in a collective of artist studios in Hastings on the East Sussex coast. This allows her to work closely with her production team to ensure the highest quality and expert craftsmanship for her customers.
Her way of working had to satisfy her passion for textures, mismatches and contrasts of colours and layers. It needed to be quirky, intricate, and with a sense of humour. Something needs to make you smile in order to connect with it, says van Dyke. The process of drawing with scissors started and these hand-cut pieces are mixed like a painter uses their palette. With these tactile pieces she has found a way in using textiles that look initially unpromising but in combination give new value.
Her first cushion customer was Mary Portas, buying for House of Fraser. When Carola introduced the textile taxidermy pieces, Liberty London approached her for a bespoke commission for full sized standing stags, using Liberty silk scarves.
Now Carola creates flamboyant cushions and Textile Taxidermy with an eclectic mix of vintage and modern fabrics. Exuberant & vibrant in style, using handpicked textiles, they are all individually handmade in Britain. The pieces proudly display the identity and signature of the designer behind the product, adding to the feeling of exclusivity, and have made a distinctive presence in the interiors world, nationally and internationally.
Current bespoke collaborations include Liberty London, Anthropologie, ABC Carpet & Home (Cursive), Bergdorf Goodman NY, Joseph Abboud.
Carola also takes on more luxurious bespoke art projects, either for private residence, art institutions, design houses, hospitality interiors and luxury retailers. For more information please visit www.carolavandykestudio