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Featured Maine Maker: Erin Flett
"Everything about my world here in Maine defines my work and design. From the rich history of the cobblestone streets, to deeply rooted wooded trails and open fields around my home...it all inspires me and tells this beautiful Maine story, and I am so grateful to build my business here.” - Erin Flett
About Erin Flett
Designer, Founder and Creative Director Erin Flett believes in the timelessness of “COLOR + PATTERN + JOY”—a belief evident through the bright, organically-shaped patterns she hand-prints on everything from canvas totes to wallpaper. Her emphasis on local design and production makes her one of the few lifestyle companies producing her own textiles from start to finish.
What began as a company in her basement has surged into a brand appreciated around the globe, featured in over 90 national and international magazines over the past 10 years. In 2020, she won entrepreneurial catalyst Greenlight Maine’s $100K grand prize. She now employs a team of 18 people helping bring her visions to life through sewing, mixing signature ink colors and hand-printing. Her vibrant passion comes through in trying and exploring new design projects, such as creating custom patterns for hotels and commercial and interior design projects.
Stop into her dreamy, sunlit Gorham studio, which she recently renovated from a historic theater building into an airy space for design, production and retail.
What She Makes
The better question: what doesn’t she make? From bags of all shapes and sizes, pillows, glasses and even the cheeriest tea towels, you’re sure to find something that speaks to you. Her products are bold, but versatile, suitable for a statement piece or everyday home essential. The soft goods’ durable cotton bark cloth and canvas are woven in South Carolina mills, then hand-printed and sewn in Maine.
Maine is an important piece of her work’s inspiration, as evidenced through coastal and nautical elements, pine tree motifs and wildlife.