About the Designer
AUDREY JEAN ROBERTS
Audrey Jeanne Roberts has gained national recognition for her elegant, vibrant watercolors and gouache that are often combined with original heart-touching sentiments. Mixing sophisticated patterns and backgrounds, intricate borders and bold central images, Audrey creates a wide variety of collections ranging from contemporary to seaside. Always growing and changing as an artist and product designer, Audrey works hard to keep pace with the ever-changing trends and market environment. “My goal as an artist is to produce artwork that is identifiable without being predictable,” explains Audrey. Technically knowledgeable, Audrey prepares each collection in a layered, high-res format for her licensing partners' convenience. She enjoys the product development process and works directly with manufacturers to create new and innovative product. Her universal appealing designs have come alive in products ranging from stationery to apparel and in retail stores as far ranging as gift and specialty to the mass market. Audrey resides in the mountains of California with her husband and enjoys visits from her grown children.
|Product Type: Novelty Rug||Construction: Handmade|
|Technique: Hooked; Hand woven||Theme: Nautical|
|Primary Color: Red; Blue||Gender: Unisex|
|Lifestage: Adult||Material: Synthetic|
|Number of Items Included: 1||Reversible: No|
|Country of Manufacture: China|
Each rug is handmade for their customers in an ages old technique that has been passed on to the creative artisans of today. Homefires employs the use of various fibers and techniques to create just the right look for their many beautiful designs. Although most of their rugs are made from wool yarn, customers will also find some rugs made in cotton yarn and others in acrylic yarn. The choice of fiber is dictated by Homefires' desire to achieve a particular color tone, clarity, or intensity. Cotton allows Homefires to achieve a very clean soft tone. Wool provides a rich warm tone, and acrylic fibers can be dyed to create the most vivid of colors. The different techniques used include hooked, tufted, and a combination of hooking and tufting called Hi/Lo. Hi/Lo rugs are those that are a combination of tufting and hooking where the tufted part of the fibers are left measurably longer than the hooked part. The Cut/Loop technique is also a combination of hooking and tufting, but in this technique the tufted part of the rug is cut much closer to the height of the hooked area. In all cases, the design of the rug influences the technique that Homefires chooses.