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artist profile: maria berrios

Created in partnership with San Francisco’s Creativity Explored, a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—animated birds, critters, bugs and fireflies buzz whimsically within the warp and weft of the entre flores y pajaros rug.

Born in El Salvador in 1959, artist Maria Berrios has been gracing Creativity Explored with her dynamic artwork and jovial nature since 1999.

Berrios works in a variety of drawing media and also enjoys printmaking. From family groupings, flora, and fauna, her favorite color—red—is well represented with all of her typical subjects. Berrios’ art making process is very slow and meticulous. After sketching a composition, she often places her subjects around the picture plane so that the piece may be viewed from any direction.

Her fantastical, naïve vision, which translates to “among flowers and birds”, is hand-tufted in great detail—using no less than in 28 colors of wool yarns—with her signature woven in each.

To spend one minute with Maria Berrios in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.


one of a finds: wabelerbeler

Crossing the centuries-old gender lines of his native Rukai tribe in Taiwan, a young male artist, Kaludasan, is reviving the matriarchal art of jute weaving, one of the many Taiwanese cultural traditions lost with the beginning of colonial rule in 1895.

Raised by his grandmother and four aunts—all skilled embroiderers—Kaludasan persuaded them to pass down to him the intricate weaving skills of the women of his village.

Taking those techniques to a new level, his sculptural wabelerbeler (“twisting”) wall art intertwines colorful ramie fibers “to weave my dreams, little by little…and to connect past and future generations.”

Even with the assistance of skilled female weavers in his village, Kaludasan can handcraft only 10 time-intensive weavings a month, making each piece rare and unique—works of art for these village artisans to share a living storyline to their past.


artist profile: charles shotwell

Where’s your favorite place to live?
I’d like to try living in Italy or France.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
The bedroom—I love to read in bed.

Your personal decorating style is _____?
Lived-in comfort—I could elaborate on this forever.

Who are your design icons?
Buckminster Fuller.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Good and bad art.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love high performance motorcycles.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Riding motorcycles, vintage and otherwise.

In your opinion, what is the best designed item of all time?
The human brain.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
A board from my grandfather’s farm that was built by hand by my great grandfather. The farm is gone.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Keep an eye out for treasures at thrift stores, antique and junk shops, Salvation Army etc.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Try and learn to not feel the pain of working hard.


artist profile: jordan carlyle

Where was your favorite place to live?
I’ve lived pretty much all around the world and I would have to say New York city is my favorite place. The energy and inspiration of NYC is unparalleled.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
My favorite space in my house would be a toss up between my living room and office. I spend 90% of my time in my office because I love what I do so much. And whether it’s relaxing or entertaining my living room space is always comfortable and inspiring to be in.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Nature and architecture are the two single elements that inspire me more than anything else.

What are your interests outside of design?
Well if I weren’t an artist/interior designer, I would’ve been a fashion designer. Even though I guess that’s still in the realm of design. So in that case I would have definitely been a psychologist. I love the inner workings and design of the human brain and how it plays out in our social and personal experiences.

Who are you design icons?
Paul McCobb, Milo Baughman, Paul Evans and Kelly Wearstler.

What is your signature ____?
I’m an artist and designer that appreciates many different styles. If I had to decide what my signature style is exactly I would say glamour! No matter what the art piece is or design project I always like to infuse a glamorous feel to what I do. I believe we all need a little glamour in our life!

Your decorating style is ____?
My personal style is an eclectic mix. I love the classics, modernism and current trends. I like to use color, texture and well thought-out details to layer and create a seamless mix of all.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
I would probably say my vintage Rolex watch. It has so much meaning to me. It was given to me by a very special life-long friend. So in addition to holding strong sentimental value for me it also has impeccable styling and fine materials.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Shopping and food are my two biggest indulgences. To me a great meal is on the same level as a fine piece of clothing or a great design furnishing item.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Save your money for the key pieces in a room. Spend only what you have to on the important items and use lower cost finds to layer in and compliment. Decorating is more about a strong idea and good choices than it is about budget.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Believe in yourself at the cost of everything else. Nothing is more important than strong self commitment, I believe everything else follows from there.


artist profile: matthew lew

Where was your favorite place to live?
This is tough…I love Chicago, but I also love San Sebastian, Spain and Kauai, Hawaii. If I could do all three throughout the year, that would be great!

What’s your favorite room at home?
I just bought a new condo, so I’m not quite sure yet. I have my design plans all together and I think the powder room is gonna be pretty amazing because it’s small and you can just do some out-of-the-box design styles with it to really make a statement.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Travel. Something that makes me laugh. Color combinations. Chicago architecture. Music.

What do you drive?
I ride the CTA buses and trains, or I use an i-Go car.

What are your interests outside of design?
Too many to name so I’ll just name a few: I love PB and J sandwiches, speaking Spanish, reciting the lines from my favorite movies: Goonies, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Tootsie. Mimosa brunches—also known as Sunday Funday!

Who are your design icons?
LOVE Jonathan Adler (whimsical, fun and bold…he can do no wrong in my book), Antonio Gaudi (brilliant architect and designer, I love his unique and highly individualistic designs as well as his mosaics), Gio Ponti (amazing furniture with fine lines as well as funky unique pieces).

Form vs. function?
Both. Success is a balance of form and function together where both help deliver the idea and create the ultimate consumer experience.

Your decorating style is ____?
Masculine Bohemian meets Vintage Modern meets Happy Graphic

What’s your favorite element/possession?
My 1912 Vintage Bank Safe that I turned into a secret bar!

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Sour Gummy Worms or Sour Patch Kids—but I only eat the red and orange ones.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Make a mosaic statement on an accent wall using 8.5x11” black and white photo copies of a repeated image. It can be done without damaging your wall, and for under $25 depending on your wall size.