Julia Garrison lives and works in the town I live in, beautiful Rockport, Massachusetts. She’s one of those all-around creative people — I’ve tasted delicious homemade fish chowder that she made so I know she makes a mean meal among other things — who, when she’s not off painting on a movie set, is working in her studio as a block printer. Julia’s has a line of goods ranging from block-printed cards to pillows to aprons, all sold online and from the Sarah Elizabeth Shop in Rockport, which doubles as her studio. She inherited the use of an antique acorn press, as well as the rights to print archived designs from Sarah Elizabeth Holloran, the shop’s namesake and founder, and Isabel Natti, who worked closely with Sarah Elizabeth for years and owned the shop before Julia.
Sarah Elizabeth Holloran was a member of the Folly Cove Designers, a collective which existed until 1969 (and is well worth discovering if you don’t know about their work already) and it is fascinating to realize that Julia’s shop and studio space is a link of sorts to the region’s strong heritage of block printing. Stop by the Sarah Elizabeth Shop to see Julia’s work and check out the studio and shop space, which she just refreshed with great industrial pieces that complement the acorn press, a look that is perfect for the 21st century — a time when we appreciate handprinted textiles once again, but now we can buy them via an iPhone app. And if you can’t make it to Rockport, you can see Julia’s line at www.sarah-elizabeth-shop.com