Jeanne Vockroth Art + Design is a small business in New Orleans creating handmade textile and printed paper products featuring my original watercolor surface pattern designs. The designs I create for throw pillows, tea towels, scarves, and stationery are made from my watercolor illustrations of iconic flowers, plants, and patterns of New Orleans and the Gulf South in a classic style inspired by Japanese scrolls and patterns in Victorian antiques. I also create original artwork and fine art prints that incorporate mixed media collage and photography with my illustrations. All of my work is inspired by the romantic and magical landscape of the South.
Each design begins with inspiration from nature that I gather outside on walks around my neighborhood. From photos I take on these excursions, I make line drawings of small plants and objects such as leaves or oyster shells using pencil and ink. After painting each drawing with watercolor, I use a combination of physical and digital collage to repeat and transform these single illustrations into large scale, organic designs using many hand-illustrated elements. From here, I work as much as possible with regionally located and eco-friendly businesses to print my work onto fabric and paper. I sew my printed fabric into my textile products in my home studio and sell my work online in my Etsy shop, at art and craft markets and at Fly Right Galaxy and Gifts in New Orleans.
I believe everyone deserves to be surrounded by beautiful and functional objects that make their home into a visual sanctuary. I want my products to connect people to the magic of nature through beautiful design on objects they use every day.