Luminous designs: elworthy studio’s Clair Obscur collection

Clair Obscur is a fabric and wallpaper collection created with camera-less photo processes “developed” on photographic paper.

Kate Miller, the textile artist behind San Francisco’s elworthy studio, has launched Clair Obscur, a new fabric and wallpaper collection created with camera-less photo processes “developed” on photographic paper. Miller blended painting and printmaking techniques with alternative photography to achieve the effects. After scanning the prints and digitally finessing them, the designs are printed with water-based inks onto Belgian linen/cotton fabric and sustainable wallcoverings.

Clair Obscur is available as fabric and as wallpaper. Offered in a palette of inky black, earth tones, metallics, teal and faded pink, there are six designs in a total of 19 "colorways." The collection is made entirely with environmentally responsible ingredients, produced in the U.S., and customizable as to color.

The collection includes Luna, which has a pattern that appears to glow as if back-lit, and is available in two colorways; Lucina, which has a geometric design, and is available in four colorways; Native Embers, which has a series of primitive characters with indistinct, smudged edges that have a charred quality, and is available in five colorways; Aurora, which features large-scale, dimensional diamond motifs set against a textural background, and is available in three colorways; and Golden Hour, which recalls sunlight reflected on water, and is available in one colorway.