Michelle Pereira, a California native and lifelong artist, has been designing textiles, apparel and home accessories since 1997.
Her main focus is on surface design, with her line of linen and velvet fabrics available to interior designers and architects. “I am very interested in how people (the interior designer) transform my fabric into something functional and inspired.”
Pereira celebrates ancient traditions of textile design through the design and crafting of woodblocks in her tiny studio perched high in the Sonoma Mountains overlooking Sonoma and Marin Counties and the Pacific.
She has been practicing arashi shibori for 20 years, first as a young student, then developing her own techniques informed by her sculpture background and natural curiosity with materials and process.
Now with 30 collections of fabrics, Pereira is focusing on printing fabric, custom work and developing new works. Pereira designs, prints and produces everything in the studio. She draws her inspiration mostly from Nature – its patterns, organic qualities, and color contrasts both subtle and extreme.
Her horticultural, planetary and geometric designs are created by hand printing and painting these custom crafted woodblocks in the artisan’s tradition, a yard at a time. Her tiger stripe patterning adapts Japanese Shibori techniques in which the fabric is sewn and folded onto giant cylindrical forms before dying or painting. Hands-on makes her collections come to life.
Michelle works with interior designers and architects on exceptional projects and has sold her specialty pieces and pillows in boutiques across the country.
The complete line from Michelle Pereira Studio can be found at these showrooms.