An exotic mix of ancestry helped shape this talented artist and this week’s featured Monday Maker. Her grandparents came to Washington, D.C. from Cuba as diplomats. Her Cuban American mother married a Swiss man and moved to Provence, France where she was born and raised.
Please meet Eva Calonder.
Eva attended the Emile Cohl School of drawing in Lyon and became an illustrator and graphic designer by trade. In 2007, she travelled to Phnom Penh in Cambodia where she met her fiancé, Bertrand. Subsequent travels brought both of them to Paris, followed by Rome, and finally to Washington, DC. The move to DC was a career changing event for Eva.
Not wanting to work for corporate ad agencies anymore but also not having a clear grasp of what she really wanted to do, Eva attended an annual craft market held in DC called Crafty Bastards.
The event was inspiring and Eva realized she wanted to go beyond illustration and into craft. Beyond corporate, to doing something for herself and exploring her own artistic talent. Change started with a “printing on fabric” course at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
Screen printing, block printing and stenciling opened endless possibilities and Eva decided she wanted to start a small business that would use her drawing and graphic design skills and apply those to home decor and fashion. A friend lent her a sewing machine and Eva taught herself the basics before she attended some more advanced classes at a local school in D.C.
a linoleum block carving tooled by hand,
or stencil cuttings.
Once the patterns are created, she scans them and clears the design in photoshop which enables the repeat of a pattern and the shaping of the design. Using a local screen printing studio, where artists can use all the facilities, she converts her patterns into stencil silkscreens. The first step, in silkscreening, is to coat the screen with a photosensitive emulsion. The screen dries in a dark room, then is placed on a vacuum light table and exposed to a 3000 watt light on top of the transparent sheet with the opaque pattern. After being exposed the screens are washed out with a pressure washer and the pattern appears as a coated stencil.
To print, ink is forced through the mesh and transferred onto the textile surface by hand with a squeegee
Applying her designs to home and women’s fashion, Eva offers beautiful quality American Made products in an assortment of wristlets
Her leather pieces are outstanding. Her sense of color is exquisite and her mixed Cuban, American, and French ancestry is very apparent throughout her collection.
Team All New American is delighted to feature the story of another ‘Made in the USA’ company. Since 2012, Printed Wild, a small business located in Washington, D.C. is making beautiful and colorful block and screen printed home decor and fashion accessories. Eva can be proud to be part of the American community that is fuel for the engine which makes America great.