Peter Fasano and Elizabeth Hamilton: The Fabric Designing Duo

Peter Fasano and Elizabeth Hamilton are quite the dream team when it comes to designing fabric. Veterans of the textile industry, this dynamic duo continues to set the bar incredibly high with their gorgeous, original designs and quality fabrics.  Their superior skill in custom work is what sets these two apart, so it is no surprise to learn that many notable designers as well as several well-known celebrities have these two on speed dial, to help with one-of-a-kind creations. A few weeks ago, Interior Canvas had the pleasure to meet and speak with Peter and Elizabeth and we are delighted to share that conversation with you today. Enjoy!

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Thank you, Peter and Elizabeth, for talking with us today! How did you get started in the textile business? PF: I went to Parson's School of Design in NYC and David Easton was one of my professors. After I graduated, I worked for Dorothy Draper and helped design hotels. My interest in design really peeked when I started painting canvases on my floor apartment. I hung the 6 foot canvas on my wall and at that moment, I knew I wanted to design fabric. David Easton asked me, "Would you ever try designing fabric for a living?" At that point, I began painting fabric as David Easton introduced me to designer greats such as Albert Hadley, Halston and Mary McFadden, among others. I began traveling to Dallas, Florida, Atlanta and NYC, where dealers began representing my hand painted fabrics. In 1990, I moved to Massachusetts and  learned how to silk screen, which helped me switch from the more labor-intensive hand painting to the silk screen method . In 1995, I opened a studio with 125 yards of print tables and about 15 employees. Currently, most of my work is custom fabric design with my fabrics represented in stores such as John Rosselli & Associates in NYC, Hollywood at Home in Los Angeles, and George Cameron Nash in Dallas, Texas. EH: My grandmother was a superior seamstress and I learned how to sew when I was 5. I've always loved fabrics and textiles. I'd  visit fabric stores regularly and sew my own clothes. I met Peter Fasano through family friends, as we shared common interest in fabrics. We would both walk miles and miles looking at fabric, buying a yard here and there. I then moved to NYC for my Senior year in college. One day I was flipping through a Gourmet magazine issue and saw the "meal of the month" with a hand painted tablecloth that happened to be Peter Fasano's work. We got in touch again and married as our love of fabrics continued! I've collaborated with Peter now for over 30 years. Three years ago, I began my own line of textiles. How are your styles similar and different? PF: My fabrics are more graphic with bolder colors. I'm far more interested in a pattern and whether you can use it in a home, comes secondary.

EH: My work is more feminine with my thoughts centered on how my design will fit in a home. (It's clear Elizabeth and Peter are the perfect match as they are always editing each other's work!)

What is your method in producing your textiles? It's called "pigment-printing" that uses many layers of colors. The technique is flat-bed silk-screen (hand silk-screening). (Peter and Elizabeth mainly work with linens, cottons and hemp.)

Do you ever look at design trends? What is your inspiration? PF: Yes! It's impossible to not be influenced by everything. I don't think anything is new. I think it's all a collage of what's happened before. How do you put old wine into new bottles? It's how you assemble it. You never know where you'll find a pattern. EH: We really don't look at what other designers are doing, but we probably should. We subscribe to many magazines but don't take the time to read them. Instead we see interesting patterns all over the place such as in old movies, on walks or in nature.

What has been the most fun part of your job? Both: Traveling and meeting such incredible people!

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Esteemed designers, such as Bunny Williams, regularly request custom fabric designs from Peter and Elizabeth. Even our former first Lady, Laura Bush, hired Peter to design textiles for her home in Austin, when President Bush was Governor of Texas. He was also used again by the Bush family to help update several rooms in  the White House, and has continued to work with them in designing their present-day Dallas home. In summary, Peter and Elizabeth are so talented, they truly can design any fabric your heart desires. They have a passion for custom prints and it shows!

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Thank you Peter and Elizabeth for taking the time to talk with Interior Canvas! We are in awe of your talent and contribution to the interior world.

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(Interior Canvas gal, Cameron, with Peter Fasano and Elizabeth Hamilton)

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Peter Fasano and Elizabeth Hamilton

www.peterfasano.com

www.elizabethhamiltoncollection.com

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(All images courtesy of Interior Canvas) (Note: First photo with black and white dots in background is Peter's fabric called "Double Dotty" - it's been recently installed on the walls of  Hollywood at Home)