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A tour of The Design Library print studio

A month ago I went to New York for vacation and just prior to me leaving I got a "touch base" email from a print studio we work with there. I let them know I would be in New York that following week and was encouraged to come see their offices. They're based out of upstate New York and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to fit it into my schedule. It took a little planning, but I got a few friends together and was able to make a road trip out of it.

The studio is called The Design Library and my visit to their offices was truly and amazing experience!! They house the country's largest collection of vintage textiles and for a girl like me, being there was like being a kid in a candy store. It was like being in an interactive museum.  They had rows and rows, shelf after shelf of designs and they were all at my fingertips to look through. I've worked with many studios in the past and the majority of the time they come to your own offices with a selection of prints that pertain to what you may be looking for at that time. But I had never ever experienced a place like this.
Their offices are in an old fabric mill that originally produced fabrics then later became a bleachery of fabrics. They are on the top floor and have more space and product than I've ever seen of any studio. As you first enter the office, the room is filled with bookshelves of prints and one wall has flat file drawers filled.

…..THEN you exit that doorway and enter the main room which just blew my mind. There are aisles of fashion fabrics by designers, from Chanel to Pucci. Then aisles of shelving that have stacks and stacks of prints. The entire place is organized by type/style of print as well as by original designer.

Since I was there, I took full advantage of the opportunity and proceeded to scavenge through files of artwork.  I produce many of our print collections from my own artwork, but there is always a necessity for purchased artwork, especially vintage and reproduction collections where I want to design from an authentic piece of art.  So I just picked a place to start (and boy was that a tough decision) and just started looking.  My friends were very kind to be patient with me, as they knew this was especially relevant for work, not to mention such a fun activity for me.  I chose many prints, then, of course, had to edit down.  I left there with about 8 prints and that’s a lot for us…but they’re all great and all relevant and I can’t wait to start working with them.  Granted, I work about a year in advance, so it will be a little while…but the wait will be well worth it!

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Comment by Jenni Calo on September 5, 2013 at 12:14pm

Indeed Jodi!  It was amazing!  It was very hard I'll tell you because I wanted almost everything!!  But in all reality I chose based on usability, style, potential for an entire collection.

Comment by Jodi Cramer on September 5, 2013 at 12:01pm

Wow! What an amazing place! You could spend weeks in a place like that and never run out of things to look at. How did you ever choose?!?

Comment by Jenni Calo on September 4, 2013 at 4:39pm

It's in Wappingers Falls.  Such a quaint little town.

Comment by Pam/NY on September 4, 2013 at 3:25pm

Where in Upstate is it located? I live in Syracuse...dream?????

Comment by Jenni Calo on September 4, 2013 at 2:59pm

Pam & Amanda,

Oh my goodness...it was so amazing!  I wish I could go there more often!!

Comment by Amanda Best on September 4, 2013 at 2:38pm

Wow! I didn't even know places like that existed. I could go in there and never want to come out again. Can't wait to see what you come up with from your inspiring trip!

Comment by Pam/NY on September 4, 2013 at 12:45pm

Wow, what an amazing opportunity! So generous of them! That is quite the place...where to begin???? Will be looking forward to see what you design. thanks for sharing!

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