Close friend Erika Intscher is a textile designer living in Savannah,Georgia and completing her Master’s degree in Fibers at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Erika and I met back in 2005 while studying together at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She grew up in a rural part of Western Québec, which is integral to the way she perceives urban settings and all their nuances. Erika’s designs amalgamate nature and man-made elements to create repeat patterns to be used in the domestic interior and in fashion. The design below is one of my fav’s!
If you are going to be in Savannah on April 8th, you should definitely check out her Master of Arts in Fibers thesis show, titled, “Deja Vu: Pattern in the Everyday”. In regards to this body of work, Erika offers: “Surface design exists all around us. Pattern created by man and design created through nature is everywhere in our environment, from sidewalk tiles to tree bark. Sometimes, the natural and the urban intermingle to create something which is neither one nor the other, but rather a fusion of both. The manifestation of this unintentional design becomes more apparent through the passage of time as nature and man and the elements interact. I am exploring pattern by re-contextualizing design that exists all around us and placing it on fabric and into a new setting.”
Erika interprets her inspiration by creating patterns for home décor and fashion, in doing so, she aims to make unintentional design more accessible. “I hope that this work will inspire viewers to take a deeper look at the mundane surfaces that surround us on a daily basis and appreciate the beauty of the every-day all the while enjoying the patterned surfaces of my creations.”
Erika’s show will be up from April 8-12, with an opening reception on Friday, April 8th from 6-9pm at Desoto Row Gallery, Inc. Be sure to check it out! Address: 2427 De Soto Row Avenue. Hours: Sat 11am-2pm, Sun-Tues and Fri 2pm-5pm. In the meantime, you can find more of Erika’s work on her website.