Introducing: Canadian Textile Designer Erika Intscher

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.

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About AGrayHarper

Andrea Gray Harper is an artist, designer, and maker who incorporates embroidery, screen-printing, and digital techniques into her handmade objects. A native of the Southeastern United Sates, Gray’s exposure to tropical plants and a lack of winter season garnished her love for the outdoors, plants, and bright colors. In 2007 Gray received a B.F.A degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Textiles and Fashion. Since then she has attained an M.F.A in Fibers, participated in various solo and group exhibitions and trade shows, won Second Place in the Annual Juried Artist Book Symposium at the ACA Library of SCAD, and received the Ben C. Morris travel scholarship to study abroad in Cambodia. Today Gray is working on a variety of projects, from photo styling to garden design and event planning.

2 thoughts on “Introducing: Canadian Textile Designer Erika Intscher

  1. Erika’s work is beautiful. I love the unusual organic abstract forms in colorways that are unexpected. Does she have a blog or website of her own? I wish her the best in whatever she pursues after SCAD, especially as a fellow SCAD Fibers alumni.

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