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  • April3rd

    Festival Attendees Embrace Innovative Art Form as Own

    FIA Canvas Rugs DIsplay

    Innovative Art Form for Costa Rica

    It seems contradictory almost that one of the most innovative ideas to come into Costa Rica is an art form created in the 1400’s. Such was the response from the locals upon viewing my hand painted canvas rugs during the 2012 International Festival of the Arts (FIA) in San Jose, Costa Rica.

    When I arrived in Costa Rica 35 years ago, Ticos were fond of saying, “No estamos acostumbrados.”  Translated it means, “We are not accustomed to that.”  At that time, Costa Ricans in general were not open to new ideas or different ways of doing things. At the art festival, however, Read More | Comments

  • March7th

    Customize For a Natural Fiber Rug

    Natural Fiber Rug on Canvas

    A new client, an interior designer, informed me that she was looking for a natural fiber rug that, “…is not a natural fiber rug.”  Upon arrival to the studio she confessed, “I don’t know how this works, [creating a custom canvas rug] so I’ll just have to bumble along.”  For most interior professionals in Costa Rica, canvas rugs are a completely new and novel product; I assured the designer she was in good hands and that the process, as well as the end result, would prove to be a positive experience.

    Every design, idea or vision for a custom canvas rug is a new experience, which is why I enjoy this work so much!

    Because tropical homes are designed, usually, with an openness to incorporate Mother Nature’s setting (rain forest, beach, and mountain) there is an Read More | Comments

  • March27th

    Creating Nature Art for Your Home Décor

    Costa Rica is an inspiration to many an artist; the plant and animal life of both ocean and jungle provides a wide array of bright and colorful design ideas from which to create, what I call, nature art for my floor cloths. There are also a plethora of design ideas drawn from the insect world. Read More | Comments

  • August18th

    Painted Floor ClothsPainted rugs have been in use for centuries, popular during colonial times and commonly referred to as floor cloths. From their humble beginnings as a way to prevent wear and tear from shoes and boots, and to capture crumbs and dirt, painted canvas rugs are now a popular addition for just about any room of the home.

    Benefits of Floor Cloths

    Durability: Canvas rugs are among the most durable. Take care of them and you can expect them to last for decades. This is perfect for high-traffic areas of the home, such as the hallway or the kitchen, as they won’t wear away by being walked on too much. They’re also perfect if you’ve got children or pets who don’t generally take care of your rugs! Read More | Comments

  • August3rd

    Custom RugsSelecting an area rug involves many considerations, one of which is its pattern or design and how it will affect the overall décor of a room, especially when designing custom rugs. With painted floor cloths or canvas rugs the possibilities are limitless yet it is important to keep in mind all other aspects of the room.

    For example, what patterns and designs are in the curtains, the furniture?  Does the flooring itself offer a design in tile or wood grain? Are the walls neutral or full of color and are they decorated with art or wall hangings?

    In Gaye’s home, she had floral patterned curtains and bold colorful stripes on the cushions for the chairs, so we chose a simple design for the living room area rug, incorporating the colors from the furniture and curtains ever mindful that the floor cloth did not compete with all the “movement” that was going on in the small room. The pattern and color choices also worked well with the ceramic tile flooring. The end result created an intimate area whereby the floor cloth provided the anchor in defining the space. Read More | Comments