Designer Profile: Shana Anderson

Shana Anderson uses digital technology to make old-style crochet and needlework patterns utterly contemporary.

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SIGNATURE PRODUCT: Digital printing is changing the way we live with prints. Take designer Shana Anderson’s pillow collection that debuted at January’s Radiant Dark show, for example. Intricate needlepoint- and crochet-inspired patterns would be impossible to reproduce with an old-school silkscreen.

DESIGN PHILOSOPHY: “I keep William Morris’s quote ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ in mind when creating things,” says Anderson. She strives to tell a story with each piece, using technology to translate sketchbook doodles into layered, detailed designs.

NEW WORKS: Look for light shades and large-scale canvas pieces, plus a solo exhibition of Anderson’s work in the new year.

WHERE TO BUY IT: Handmade pillows are $85 to $95 at MADE, 867 Dundas West, 416-607-6384,

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