I came across the word "ormolu" in John Crowley's 1981 novel, Little Big and I just liked the sound of it. When I learned that it referred to an old gilding technique, I felt it was a perfect name for a surface design company.
Ormolu Design began as a line of gift wrap. At the time, I was using my off hours at a small architectural firm to print out patterns on the wide-format printers that we used to plot floor plans and elevations.
I left to start a business in late 2005 but my volume was pretty low and Ormolu Design eventually morphed into a line of digital fabric designs.
Now that I have switched my focus to handmade textiles, Ormolu Design is coming along for the ride.
My line of resist-dyed hemp table linens made their debut at the American Craft Council show in San Francisco in August of 2014.
If you'd like to see many more of my digital surface designs, check out my Spoonflower shop at: