Camellia sinesis is the plant responsible for most of the tea we drink. In this collection, Melody Miller was inspired by the idea of a 1960's tea room layered in an assortment of prints and patterns - wallpaper, upholstery, women in kaftans, flowering plants and china dishes. Melody has added five new colors to her Spark basic to support Camellia, and also designed three canvas prints to coordinate.
To coordinate with Camellia, Melody Miller designed three colorways of a lush, large scale floral, printed on decadent 108" cotton sateen. Gorgeous as quilt backings, these fabrics also make beautiful garments.
Inspired by 1960s and 70s-era art and illustration, Melody's style evokes retro vibes reminiscent of the bold and colorful time. She works in Photoshop and uses a variety of different techniques layering colors like a screen print. The end result has a slightly photo realistic style, but with vibrant color and prints a little off register.
Melody Miller grew up in the Lowcountry of South Caroline, quite possible the prettiest place on earth. Later, she felt as much at home in New York City, where she studied industrial design at Pratt Institute, and her love for vintage objects began. She found her way to fabric design and designed numerous collections for Kokka fabrics. In 2013 she dreamed up the idea of Cotton+Steel and became one of the five founding designers.