About Radica Textiles
At Radica Textiles, we are dedicated to the individuality of handcrafted textiles and covet those prized nuances only achieved with a human touch. Radica Textiles specializes in hand printed and painted textiles using the finest upholstery-weight cottons and linens for interiors. Unlike mass-produced textiles, our fabrics are printed by hand, in small batches, allowing for a true high-end originality only achieved by human touch. For our debut at High Point Market, in addition to selling our fabric by the yard, we have partnered with local craftsmen to manufacture housewares made from our fabrics, such as pillows and small furniture, all while furthering Baltimore’s rich history in the textile industry. All of our products are made in the USA, using highest quality, durable materials and traditional processes.
Radica Textiles’ founder and director, Sarah Templin, has over 15 years of experience in textile design, apparel design, material sourcing, textile-focused product development and design, and textile-related exhibitions and site-specific installations. Her background in fine art and design, textile printing, and over a decade of experience in museum exhibition design, installation and curatorial work shape her distinct approach to textile design.
Our expertise and services extend to custom designs, material sourcing, product development, and project management for bespoke as well as commercial-scale projects. Radica collaborates with architects, design agencies, furniture and exhibition designers on projects ranging from fashion to installations and interiors.
How can I contact Radica Textiles?
We’d love to hear from you! Please be in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or calling 443-858-2327.
How can I keep up with your current projects?
You can follow us on Instagram (@RadicaTextiles), Facebook (Radica Textiles) and Twitter
(@RadicaTextiles). You can subscribe to our mailing list via the Contact page of our website:
Where can I buy Radica Textiles’ products?
Our online store is stocked with our complete line of yardage and home goods:
Wholesale rates are available through our regional sales representatives:
Jeff Eckman in the Mid Atlantic (301) 643-7488
Nancy Stout in CT & NY (917) 912-7128
Micahel Bahr in LA, TX & NM email@example.com
For showroom samples, contact Spruce Nola in New Orleans.
Where are you located and where are your products made?
Our studio is located in a historic 125 year old rowhouse in downtown Baltimore, MD. All of our products are made in America, most of them are constructed by hand right here in Baltimore.
Who designs your patterns?
Sarah Templin, the founder and sole designer, has worked for over fifteen years in textile design, apparel design, material sourcing, textile-focused product development and design, and textile-related site specific installations. Her background in fine art and design, textile printing (including an apprenticeship at Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop and Museum), and over ten years of experience in museum exhibition design, installation and curatorial work shape her distinct approach to textile design.
What is your design process like?
As much of the design process as possible is done by hand, with a brush and India ink in our sunny Baltimore studio. Partially, this is because it’s more fun to use a process that is a little more tactile than sitting in front of a screen. This also allows for so many more nuances in the final product than drawings made solely on a computer and printed using a highly mechanized process. Often this means literally going back to the drawing board, re-drawing the motif a little differently many times until it fits smoothly into a repeated pattern.
Once we’re happy with the artwork, we begin the process of getting it onto the fabric. For some of our patterns, this means hand painting the fabric. In that case, we create a master template that breaks the design into as many measurable elements as possible so that the painting is consistent. Although it’s incredibly labor intensive, this process is terribly special-–it yields such rich nuances and variety of detail in a way that no other process can. You won’t find these kinds of beautiful, feathery brush strokes or variations of color saturation with other methods.
Other Radica fabrics are hand screen printed, which has a more graphic appeal than painting fabric or other mass-production techniques. If you look closely, its evident that the fabric is printed by hand, yet you still get a uniform result, with even blocks of color and crisp edges.
How is yardage printed?
Most people are familiar with the basics of screen printing: an image is etched onto a screen using a photo emulsion process. Ink is then pushed through the screen revealing the image on your paper or cloth. But printing yardage differs a bit from printing posters and t-shirts. A very long padded table is required, to which the fabric is pinned taut. The screens are especially large–about 45 x 60”–and require two people to stand across the printing table from each other, passing the squeegee and ink across the screen to each other in order to “pull the print.” Every other spot is printed all the way down the table. When the ink is dry, the process is repeated, filling in the blanks. The same steps are repeated for each color of a design. When Radica first began, all the yardage was printed in our Baltimore studio. Eventually we outgrew the ability to keep up with the growing demand and partnered with a New England company who has over 75 years experience screen printing on textiles.
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Photo of Sarah by Carlos Avendaño