Monday, February 1, 2016

Creating Beauty—San Francisco Artist Stevie Howell Creates Exclusive Textiles, Scarves and Shawls and Elegant Fashions of Worldly Beauty

I love to see my artist friends creating beauty and becoming successful. Stevie Howell gained recognition first as a fine artist. Now as a textile designer and fashion creator she is selling her beautiful fashions around the US.

Stevie’s shawls and scarves are made of silk twill fabrics printed with abstract imagery that are also delicately translated across dresses, tunics and robes. Her collections of cashmere shawls are graced with subtle imagery taken from her floral paintings.

In her tranquil bay-view studio, surrounded by an historic former naval headquarters, Stevie is currently dreaming up her spring/summer collections. She recently returned from Uruguay. She finds design and textile inspiration on her travels and adventures. 

Come and look at Stevie’s newest creations. I especially love her hand-embroidered shawls made in India of boiled wool. They feel as soft as cashmere and are in styles that are very versatile. And there are gauzy cashmere scarves in graphic prints that bring her floral paintings to life.

Stevie travels the world for inspiration. India filled her with ideas for her recent fall/winter collection. Recently she has been traveling in South America, where she found vivid inspiration in Brazil and Uruguay. Marfa, Texas, has been an artistic pitstop, and San Francisco Bay’s piercing transparent light bounces into her studio, offering constant uplift.

Stevie wears her designs every day, with jeans or with an evening dress, and she recently sent me the following email:

“I love my new embroidered shawls in boiled wool. I wore a beige and white one on the plane to New York yesterday and on arrival it was perfect worn with a jacket. It’s softer than traditional wool, but still substantial. I've been wearing it over the winter in San Francisco in place of a jacket.”

Stevie’s range of shawls is crafted in boiled wool (with a soft cashmere touch), as well as cashmere, silk, modal and cotton.

Her original designs are created by hand and digitally—and her prints range from bouquets of flowers to witty abstract scribbles and nature-inspired leaf and tree motifs.

I’m especially impressed by the chic recent designs of leaves and trees and branches that were translated into graceful embroidery on versatile shawls.

Stevie Howell Studio 

Stevie Howell Studio is available for custom commissions of scarves, robes, and home decor. Stevie has worked on collaborations with large retailers such as Anthropologie and Intermix, as well as one-offs for special occasions weddings and other celebrations, and non-profit events. 

Stevie Howell is a former student of both the Glasgow School of Art and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

A few projects have included bridal party robes, custom bedding, wallpaper and headboards.

Custom pieces are printed in India with organic dyes and natural fabrics.

Where to Buy
Stevie Howell designs are all limited edition. Prices range from $195 for the printed Picasso sienna scarf in model, and $295 for the embroidered boil wool shawl collections.

Contact the studio to make an appointment or email Stevie via her website, or

Fashion photography courtesy Stevie Howell Studio.


Claudia Juestel said...

Thank you Diane for introducing me to this talented artist right in my own backyard. Just beautiful!

Diane Dorrans Saeks said...

Dear Friends-

I received the following lovely note from a dear reader this morning:

Good morning, I loved the blog today & always appreciate the way you feature a variety of artists who are hitting their stride. Thank you for your recognition of fine and wonderful things to share with the world. You are the best! Jan