Meet the Maker behind Studio Two
Meet Vivian, the designer behind Studio Two.
Studio Two is a boutique studio designing textiles to make interiors feel optimistic, sophisticated and full of meaning. As an interior designer, Vivian has long loved textiles. She launched Studio Two when Covid hit, and she found herself with extra time to be creative. She started painting and drawing all the time, and she imagined turning her paintings into patterns that she could see in the type of homes she loves to design.
Vivian started Studio Two so that she could collaborate with other designers, makers, DIYers and textile lovers. She wanted to create a platform not only to share her artwork on fabric with others, but also to co-create. The ‘Two’ in Studio Two stands for, she tells us, ‘pairs and partnerships’.
Vivian has been drawing, painting and designing for as long as she can remember. She learnt how to sew when she was 10 years old, and she’s been making things ever since. She started turning her artwork into textile prints in 2019.
What makes the Studio Two design process special?
Vivian describes herself as an observer. ‘I observe everything,’ she says. ‘The smallest details on tiny flowers, patterns in tree bark, shadow shapes on the sides of buildings. Nature is fascinating.’ She likes to find a shape that works in a repeat, and then she sketches it incessantly until she draws it in a way that feels ‘inevitable’. ‘I’m a Photoshop geek,’ she tells us, using the program to perfect colour combinations and repeats after she draws or paints something.
As an interior designer, Vivian is accustomed to being extremely selective and finely tuned when putting fabrics together for a space. But when it comes to her textile design practice, she tries not to be too rigid or strict in the editing of her collection. ‘With my textile design process, I try to be a bit freer, and don’t overthink anything. I allow myself to use colours and combinations that make me happy, without worrying too much about anything.’
She’s also a huge believer in imperfections, just like we are here at Style Rev. ‘I always gravitate towards objects that have the mark of the maker,’ she tells us. ‘That is why I intentionally want my prints to exude a feeling of being hand-drawn.’
It’s all about relationships
Vivian has a strong focus on relationships – both with the people who acquire her fabrics, and with fellow creators. “I want people who put my fabrics in their homes to know that they were thoughtfully and carefully created by hand, and that their purchase has made a difference to me and my family.” It would be a happy outcome for Vivian if her brand were to expand enough to bring her financial independence, but its not her primary goal. “If I can further my creative pursuits and meet amazingly talented, like-minded individuals along the way, that is the real reward.”
Vision for the future
Vivian’s wish for Studio Two is to develop a following of loyal clients who know they can come to her for custom work. “I’d like to be able to create all day long, and continuously collaborate with other designers – fashion designers, interior designers – on custom projects.” And what would her dream job be? She says she’s already living it.
It takes two
Vivian wants to be known as the designer behind her brand, a versatile artist who can create almost anything custom or truly unique for interior installations. “I can paint or draw any type of thematic or graphic pattern and am an expert with colouration and colour matching.” She doesn’t shy away from custom requests, and the very reason she started Studio Two is because it implies a collaboration. “I feel very rewarded and fulfilled when I help a client realise something they imagined.”
Studio Two’s gorgeous printed cottons and linen blends can be found here.