WE'RE LOVING: Erin Flett
Erin Flett is about bold, imperfect and organic shapes and elements, collaged together with a unique, hand-drawn, eclectic style.
Erin is a wife, and mother of two young girls, with a passion for funky vintage finds, and living and breathing design. She has won numerous design awards and has been published in a variety of design books, magazines and blogs showcasing her distinctive hand, including features in O Magazine, Country Living, Better Homes and Garden, Simple, HGTV Magazine, New England Home, Maine Magazine, Maine Home & Design, and the international magazine, KIDS. In the past 5 years, her products have been sold all over the world, in interior design studio shops, as well as eclectic, high-end home and children’s boutiques. She was featured three times and named TOP TEN Textile Designers to watch from Apartment Therapy.
Erin is a passionate, prolific designer who started her company in her basement, hand-printing home goods with her husband, Maslen. She has since moved her growing business into an old, Maine cotton mill, with employees who help print, sew and ship her ever-growing collections. Her line includes pillows, bags, glassware, candles, wall art, limited edition paper products, rugs, and wallpaper. She especially loves collaborating with interior designers and architects on custom projects.
“Local” is important to Erin. All of her printing is done by hand in Maine, while Mills in North Carolina weave her custom bark cloth and canvas. All of her velvet and linen are sourced domestically. Even her zippers and inserts are made in the USA! With her attention on designing, manufacturing, and selling, Erin is able to oversee the entire process, ensuring quality and craft in each product.
Erin’s vision is to continue to create highly designed and crafted home goods that are mindfully made, and encompass all the subtle details that make her unique, hand-drawn, graphic patterns sought-after and collected. Her edgy and joyful designs combine the “traditional” with the “modern,” breathing new life into the world of textiles. Her goal is to make her customers smile, and bring a fresh, new style into their homes.
1. How and When did you get your start?
I started drawing and hand printing in my basement in my spare time about 7 years ago. I originally wanted to make a gift for a friends wedding and decided to draw and have a local t shirt printer silk screen my ARIA design. As soon as I printed my first design I was hooked.
2. Where do you draw inspiration from?
Life. My design is my life, my life my design. I find inspiration in my daily life here in Maine, my flower gardens, the woods and the sea as well as found vintage shapes and colors while going to auctions and estate sales with my mom.
3. Why did you choose Maine?
Maine spoke to me the first time I visited my parents who moved out here to retire. I was in college and knew that I wanted to be close to them someday to help raise my family and to live close to the ocean and all the trees and trails. Portland Maine also has a very large community of designers and artists. It really helps surrounding yourself with like minded people doing amazing things.
4. Describe your perfect vacation:
My family renting a camp for the week, going on walks and enjoying the ocean or lake activities like boating hiking and eating fresh food from the local farmers markets.
5. What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to read, meditate and write and of course spend as much time with my husband Maslen and my two girls that are 10 and 13 that are growing up way too fast!
6. What is your ideal style?
I am a believer in white space with pops of color. My home is all white inside with paintings of my own and art work from other local artists as well as vintage artists that I have collected over the years. Vintage furniture along with a few new pieces so its a bit eclectic. I think your home should tell your own story. What I put in my home is so important to stay true to my own story and the need for order and calm is always important since my life is a bit hectic running a business and raising two busy young girls. The pops of color are very deliberate and mindful and I switch out things often to keep things interesting. We live everyday with our glasses and home goods so its always changing…life can be challenging but having a place to come home to that feels put together is important to me.