Monmade Producer Profile: Savannah Hayes
Since 2015, Highland Park resident and Monmade maker Savannah Hayes has been making Pittsburgh prettier one tea towel, throw pillow and handprinted fabric at a time. A Monmade producer, Hayes is a well-traveled textile designer who has studied at the University of Pennsylvania, University College in London and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as in textile mills throughout Turkey and India, learning about the art of design through both ancient techniques and modern approaches. Her worldly resume and deep knowledge of textile design is reflected in each piece she creates, from her natural color palette to her graphic prints and geometric patterns.
Hayes’ process is unique, but also traditional: she creates her own patterns and prints, then transforms them into colorful, graphic fabrics that can be purchased by the yard and used in a variety of ways. Many of her fabrics feature natural indigo prints printed on Belgian linen, while others come in soft, neutral tan, grey, gold or rich, bold black. You’ll find block prints, watercolor-inspired patterns and more abstract patterns with varying shapes and sizes, all of which can be mixed and matched together to form a cohesive collection.
In addition to her fabrics, Savannah Hayes also creates accessories and home goods with her signature prints and patterns. Baby blankets made out of a knit cotton blend feature geometric prints that you wouldn’t normally find on baby products, while throw pillows covered in her handmade, Belgian linen fabrics come in a variety of sizes and patterns.
For the kitchen, Hayes also creates marble cheese boards cut into geometric shapes and tea towels on 100% linen that add a graphic flair to your oven or a towel rack. If you’re looking for a gift for a friend (or yourself), you’ll find phone cases in the same style as Hayes’ fabrics and even zippered pouches made of organic cotton denim that you can toss in your purse, suitcase or gym bag.
While Hayes has lived and worked in her native San Francisco, London, New York and Los Angeles, she eventually settled in Pittsburgh and hopes to collaborate with residential and commercial designers as the area’s design community grows. She takes inspiration from all of the places she’s lived with each new collection, and she even hopes to expand her line to include tabletop linens like napkins, runners, and placemats in the coming year.
If you’re interested in purchasing a Savannah Hayes piece, you can find her entire collection on her online shop. Savannah is also a featured maker on the Domino magazine online shop and on home decor website Lulu and Georgia.