Julia Canright began block printing about 3 years ago, turning her existing stylized drawings into hand carved blocks. By repetitively printing each block onto canvas, Julia created unique and intricate patterns that perfectly suited a line of stylish canvas totes, bucket bags and backpacks. We instantly fell in love with her collection which draws inspiration from Japanese textiles and botanical drawings to local San Francisco architecture and expressionist art. We spent a day in Julia’s Mission District studio as she worked on a few of her pieces.
" Block printing is not like screen printing or digital printing where everything is uniform. Each bag has variation that reflects the process. "
" My favorite place to go in San Francisco is Bernal Hill. You can see all the individual houses pressed together. "
" I think the density and richness of the visual information here causes me to be drawn to sort of chaotic compositions. And then there is the reverse of that as well - maybe a reaction to all the stimuli - I love the simplicity of a black brush stroke on a white background. "
" The block printing adds a complexity and variety to the overall look of the bags - each imprint comes out slightly different. "
" I wanted to turn my designs into something practical that I could use, that I could bring with me throughout my day. "
Julia wears the Small Jet Watch throughout