What attracted you to doing a collaboration with Peace Industry?
CATHERINE BAILEY: All of our collaborations grow out of long relationships and this is another example. After years of living with Peace Industry in my home and countless conversations with Melina and Dodd about their business and my love of their products, the time finally felt right to work together. Years ago it made sense to focus our energies on supporting them and their products. But now, as we’re working to extend Heath’s aesthetic vision and values further out into the home to furniture, the rugs fit in perfectly.
We’ve found that the best collaborations are where everyone brings something to the table creatively, and this collaboration is a perfect example. Our design/color perspective pushed Melina in a slightly different direction than she would likely have gone on her own. And she brought to the collaboration her understanding of the materials and craft, and the graphics that would work best. In the end, this is what made these new designs original and interesting and perfectly in keeping with the Heath aesthetic.
What inspired the designs for the collaboration?
MELINA RAISSNIA: The inspiration came from Heath tiles, wallpaper, and colors. We share a very similar design approach driven by patternmaking using simple, geometric forms that express the specific limitations of our respective methodologies. Making a felt rug is similar to making a collage and then shrinking it, so the patterns need to be repeatable and simple. This results in quite a lot of overlapping of our design approaches, which made this project feel natural. We also share an earthy, West Coast palette making our collections very compatible, and the tactile surfaces of baked earth and pressed wool are a perfect match.
How long have you been a fan of Heath Ceramics and what attracted you to working with them?
MELINA: I have been a fan of Heath Ceramics since I learned about them when Catherine and Robin took over the reigns more than a decade ago. They have been a huge inspiration for me and for so many others in the craft community because of their commitment to design, quality, community, and sustainability. They have been extremely supportive of us and to so many emerging artists and artisans that it is truly an honor to be working together.
How long have you been a fan of Peace Industry’s?
CATHERINE: I first spotted Melina and Dodd’s rugs back when they had their first storefront in Hayes Valley, probably about 2004. I was drawn to the piles and piles of rugs that were unlike anything I’d ever seen before. They weren’t woven and the colors and graphics were distinctive and original. At the time, they had a video in the store showing how the rugs were made in the workshop in Iran. I was always thinking about how and where products were made, about scale of manufacturing and craft and its integration into communities. Melina and Dodd’s manufacturing story was really inspiring to me. From the small-scale manufacturing of an almost extinct craft that they brought back themselves to the uniqueness, beauty and integrity of the rugs, it all came together so wonderfully. I was really encouraged and inspired by the parallels with what we were trying to do with Heath at that time.
What do you like most about the pieces in the collection?
CATHERINE: These new pieces have a great balance between beauty, texture, originality, and integrity. They are magical in their ability to pull together many different styles in a room, which is exactly what you want in a rug.
MELINA: What I love about the collection is how well both of the rugs look side by side in my living room. I also love how much the Slice rug looks like one of my paper collages. We all seem to be geometry nerds.