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Check Out Brook Perdigon’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brook Perdigon.

Hi Brook, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Since I was a young child, I have always been interested in art and pattern. I grew up in Tampa, Florida where my mother enrolled me in art classes at the age of 9 and signed me up for private lessons with local successful painters. These experiences led me to pursue a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Washington University in St. Louis and spend a year furthering my education in painting in Rome, Italy through Temple University.

After graduating, I moved to San Francisco where I learned the hard lesson of what it means to have a BFA: what now? In hopes of finding a way to finance my lifestyle through my creativity, I became quite interested in textiles- and started taking classes at the California College of Arts & Crafts in Berkley. There I learned how to hand dye yarn, explore fabrics structure, and weave on a loom. This led me to enrolling at FIDM (The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) in Los Angeles to learn the nuances of textile and surface design as well as various manufacturing processes.

I then went on to work as a textile designer in home interiors for over a decade. My experiences ranged from developing bespoke textile collections for interior designers to designing custom carpets for a high-end global luxury carpet company.

In 2015, I decided to start my own line. I had been executing others’ design visions for so long and was very eager to see what I would create from my own ideas. My first collection of prints was designed by creating hand-cut stencils (which gives you very little precision, perfection, or control). It was all printed in simple black in natural linen and was an instant success. Since then, I have launched five collections in total and have added an extensive wallpaper line as well.

Our studio is located in Atwater Village in Los Angeles. Our fabrics are hand screened and digitally printed locally on both Irish and Belgian linen. All of our wallpapers are digitally printed in Connecticut.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
As a small business owner with a very little business background, there have been many obstacles along the way. I have had to build the business as I learn how to do things for the first time. This ranges from creating a system for production management, order fulfillment, inventory management, sales channels, marketing and hiring. I have learned that each sector of the business is a job in itself and thus, my biggest challenge has been to do all of them well. As we grow financially, I gain the means to hire in hopes that I can get back to doing more of the design work to yet grow the company again.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Each of my collections originates from a piece of inspiration I find, pin on my inspiration board or carry around with me until I know what to do with it- moving it from here to there- putting it away and taking it out again until an idea forms. Inspirations can range from an antique textile to a historic painting reference or a simple flower from the garden. My ideas lead to research and my sketchbook also functions as a notebook for recording art history, facts and ideas.

Once the concept for a design is established, I work out my ideas through the very old-fashioned way of creating textiles: tracing and transferring motifs to find the best layout and placement. The slow process of working this way allows my mind to think and reflect while I work. Sketches turn into paintings or collages. The artwork then gets scanned into the computer where I finalize the layout or repeat and then we prep the file for printing. I am a stickler for well-designed repeats- patterns that flow really nicely so that it is hard (ideally impossible) to see where the design starts and stops throughout.

All of our wallpapers are based on or stem from my fabric designs. When I started my line, the wallpaper train was moving fast and for the success of the business, I needed to hop on board. Initially, I chose some of our bestselling designs and recreated them as wallpapers. So many of my clients ask for specific fabric designs as wallpaper and that has been my guide for developing the line.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
My first foray into textiles/pattern application and managing production was a T-shirt line that I started with my best friend Taylor Jacobson in early 2003. It was the start of American Apparel and printed tees were hot. We ran the line for a few years until we realized we both wanted to do other things (we were in our early 20s). I went on to pursue an education in textiles at FIDM and Taylor went on to study interior design at UCLA. She is now a successful LA designer- we are still best friends- and she is a client as well.

Taylor’s design work: https://www.taylorjacobsondesign.com/

Pricing:

  • Pillows: $265-305
  • Fabric: $155-242/yard
  • Wallpaper: $100-180/yd

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Image Credits
Portrait Photo: Marianna Jamadi Product Photos: Andrew Stewart

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