Rachel Craven Textiles
I first discovered Rachel Craven’s beautiful linens at Heath Ceramics in Los Angeles, and shortly thereafter my friend Lauren Soloff put us in touch. Rachel makes the most beautiful washed linen textiles that she then paints with interesting graphics and ethnic feeling designs. I love the quality of linen that she works with – the more you wash it, the softer and better it gets. My absolute favorites are her napkins, but everything that she makes is just amazing.
Now based in Echo Park, Rachel grew up in the arts-focused neighborhood of Tribeca, and as the daughter of two painters, enjoyed a richly creative upbringing. She attended The School of Visual Arts, and upon graduation moved to Los Angeles for work as a fashion stylist. Shortly thereafter, her focus shifted back to her love of painting and design, with remarkable results. Her myriad of influences, ranging from Marimekko to Agnes Martin, combined with an interest in geometric design, led to her current line of textiles – a vibrant collection currently being featured by Heath Ceramics Los Angeles.
Rachel co-organizes the Echo Park Craft Fair with Beatrice Valenzuela. This wonderful Los Angeles artist collective will be having its bi-annual event this May 11th and 12th – I went to their last fair and came home with some great goodies. Rachel’s linens can be found at both my Brentwood and Almont stores, The General Store, and Heath Ceramics. XXJKE