Flower Press, Katharine's first line for Moda, features bold florals, fine-lined foliage, and curvaceous vines in town-on-tone and contrasting jewel-toned hues. Soothing blenders and leaf patterns complement the spirited blooms and echo the movement of trellises twined with vines and wind-blown foliage. Flower Press is based on linocuts, imagery Katherine cuts into a linoleum block with a knife or gouge tool. Ink is applied to the block, which is printed by hand or with a hand-operated printing press. She's delighted with the way the Flower Press fabrics preserve the texture of the original block prints. "The designs have that speckled, handmade feel."
Katharine Watson is an artist and printmaker based in Portland, Maine. Katharine grew up in London and Hong Kong, and settled in Portland in 2015 with plans to stay permanently. She approaches most projects the same way, beginning with a sketch that is translated to a linoleum block and then carved by hand. She later prints these designs onto stationery, textiles, ceramics, and other beautiful, usable, everyday goods. Katharine has had her work featured in Vogue and Martha Stewart Living, and has collaborated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chronicle Books, and more. When she's not in her studio, she's out gardening with her two dogs, or reading home design magazines with a cup of jasmine tea.