Meet The Face Behind

SAVANNAH HAYES

A BRIKA maker story

Savannah Hayes

PITTSBURGH, PA
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“I love it when what appears to be a roadblock, ends up taking you down an incredible path you never thought of.”

“I am endlessly inspired by cities. Their texture & grit, their architecture, their soul.”


“ I love to "steal" textures and shapes from my environment, either by camera or by sketchpad.”


“I am endlessly inspired by cities. Their texture & grit, their architecture, their soul.”


The Savannah Hayes inaugural collection is influenced by an urban, graphic aesthetic. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Savannah has been inspired by cities all her life. Living in design centers London, New York and Los Angeles she has developed a signature style that is elegant yet intimate. Pairing bold black and white graphics with soft blush tones, metal and stone, her first collection offers a variety of textures and products for the living room, the dining room, and even the handbag.


After training at the University of Pennsylvania, University College London and New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, Savannah worked in both the home and apparel design sectors for inspiring brands including Kelly Wearstler, Martha Stewart, and Kravet Fabrics. She has spent time in both Turkey and India, working closely with mills in Bursa, Istanbul and Bangalore and gaining firsthand textile and design experience. The Pittsburgh based designer launched her eponymous brand and online shop in October 2015.

Walk me through your production/design process.

I rarely start a new design on the computer. I love to "steal" textures and shapes from my environment, either by camera or by sketchpad. I've been loving cut paper lately. I create various cuttings, layer them on/in/around one another, photograph from different angles, and play with the space in Photoshop. There's a lot of back and forth between Photoshop and Illustrator and I work on a new design until my gut says it's finished (or my gut says, this isn't working! abort! start again!).

What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?

A graphic designer. I wanted to make art that could be reproduced to reach more than a single viewer. At the time, graphic design seemed to be a great vehicle but I found typography a bit limiting. When I was first exposed to the world of pattern and textile design, everything clicked.

Who or what inspires you to do the work that you do? Why?

My mother! My mom is an incredible artist. I grew up in her studio seeing through her eyes. She works with photography, paint, and collage to create incredible compositions that influence the way I see & think about design. She is a superb editor of words, collaborator of design and curator of images.


“I am inspired by designers who have created brands true to themselves and inspired others to follow in their footsteps.”
PRODUCTS BY SAVANNAH HAYES
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