Willow Ship is a line of block printed linen homewares, crafted by hand and with care in Portland, Oregon. They aim to help elevate the everyday experiences of eating, drinking, gifting and decorating by offering homewares that are earthy, special, substantial, sustainable and beautiful. Looking to connect with American-made, artisanal craft, they began this journey in 2011, offering a small range of table linens, including the ever-popular cocktail napkins. Today, they’re pleased to continue offering a varied collection of block printed linen wares for the table, home and beyond.
Introduce yourself. Where are you originally from? Where did you learn your craft and how/when did you get started?
I’m Blake Kahan, the founder of Willow Ship. I’m originally from San Diego, went to college in San Luis Obispo and lived for 17 years in San Francisco, where I started Willow Ship. My family and I relocated to Portland, Oregon in 2017.
I worked for many years as a graphic designer, specializing in packaging design. After my first child was born, I wanted to escape the office grind and do something less computer-y at home, with hours and workload that I could control. I had a strong draw towards printmaking and textiles and, through trial and error, came up with my own approach to block printing on linen.
What are 5 adjectives you can use to describe your work space?
Subterranean, efficient, messy when busy, raw, needing an expansion
What does being Young & Able mean to you?
Exactly what it takes to succeed in creative business: scrappy, hungry and capable