Maine Artists We Love…Erin Flett

Erin Flett Designserin flettCan you tell that the designs above go oh so very well with our blog?  That’s because our logo, fonts and header are based on custom concepts that Erin Flett designed for Something Blue!  We discovered her through Maine Magazine, and fell in love with her quirky, nature inspired, layered, bold designs.  They express everything we see and love in Maine.  Erin specializes in graphic/surface and textile design, but also does unique brand development and design.  She has won numerous awards and has been featured in many a cool blog and magazine (apartment therapy & design sponge, two of our blogrollers, to name just a few!).   erin flettThese laminated cotton bags above are brand spanking new line of custom designs for Au shop in Portland Maine.  Love the beautiful seaside photos by Winky Photography too!  The exclusive line is called Mrs Robinson…wouldn’t they make great bags for your bridal party or next hostess gift!  In fact, I could envision an entire party or wedding based on her designs.   On the wedding front…stay tuned because we might have seen some of Erin’s new exotic wedding stationary concepts…shhhhhh….you didn’t hear it here.  In the meantime, check out some of her latest patterns below.  On the left is a little plug not only for Erin, but for a fun show coming up next weekend in Lincolnville; and on the right are some design ideas for an upcoming line of doggie collars–I’ll take one of each for my “nephew” Berkeley–he would be THE most stylish pooch wearing any one of them!erin flettSee a sample of her 2011 water color paper calendar below too–I have one sitting on my desk and every month it inspires me.

Ok, so here is our Something Blue questionnaire on Erin (I never would have guessed her favorite color is orange!  I’m gonna check out Vera Neuman too…great to hear other artist’s inspiration.):

Favorite spot in Maine?
Kettle cove
When you grow up you want to be?

A painter
Favorite color?
Thing you do to chill?

Watch a movie with the kiddos
You have three weeks free, you are going to…?

Go junking or start a project
Best meal you cook?

Favorite family celebration memory?

My wedding day
What every bride and groom should know, but no on tells them?

Go to the bathroom with a buddy (bride!) and you will need help!
What you love about what you do?

Being in charge of my own destiny
Favorite music artist?

Damien Rice
Something new you learned today?

Speaking your personal truth
Coffee or tea?

Champagne or Margarita?
Most influential person in your life?

Vera Neuman because she had a solid surface design career with a wide body or work that was amazing.  She was the first designer of her time to go bold with the use of color and design.  Her hand was both modern and hand drawn and had a sophisticated edge.
Current project you are most excited about?
The new AU bag pattern + dog collar patterns.Things we love about Erin Flett…

Au shop in Portland Maine…to find all her bags and custom designed apparel.
Erin’s Etsy shop…great spot to see and buy all her pillows and wall art.
The Maine Home + Design Show June 11 & 12 in Lincolnville…for using Erin’s design!
Erin’s blog & website…to see the latest and greatest and to hire Erin for your next project.
Apartment Therapy, one of our favorite blogs,  for doing an entire feature on Erin’s pillows.

Portrait of Erin by Cliff Cucine.  Photographs of bags by Winky Lewis.  All other photos courtesy of Erin Flett.

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