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We're starting a new weekly feature on the Aldea Home Blog called the Creative Table Series where we profile some of our designers and artists. This week, we bring you the brilliant designer behind the beautiful Nautical Flags you may have seen at our store, Leslie Bamburg of Labexperiment. Leslie tells us about her inspirations, how her upbringing shaped her as an artist, and some of her current favorite design influences.

Where are you from originally and how did the local culture shape you as a designer/maker?
I'm originally from Colorado and while all of my friends were into outdoor recreation, skiing, mountain biking, I wanted to go shopping and look at art. I think that while Colorado has lots of natural beauty, California drew me because of its culture, style, and openness to new and interesting things.

What initially inspired to make your product?
Very easy - the America's Cup. It's a rare thing to host such a big event in a small city, and so I was really excited to celebrate it.

What is your favorite step in the creation of your product?
My favorite part is putting together the color combinations. I keep them fun and bright, and they make each flag feel very different.

What hobbies inspire your designs/products?
Shopping! I'm influenced a lot by fashion and because fashion changes so quickly, it's a lot easier to see new trends come down the line.

What is your favorite color?
It completely depends on what the color is for. I will say that right now, I'm more interested in navy than I have ever been, which might have something to do with the flags!

What is your favorite texture?
Felt. Seriously, I'm a bit obsessed with felt. You can even check out my felt Pinterest board.

What is your favorite shape and why?
The first thing that jumps to mind is a hexagon. I like the mathematical simplicity of it and I feel that the beehive motif is something I see a lot in current designs - I love the fact that it's been around for ages, but always being interpreted in a new way.

What's the thing you're most excited about your product?
The fact that you can customize them and they're all handmade in San Francisco.

What is your motto?
The golden rule: do unto others as they would do unto you.

Come check out Leslie's gorgeous flags at the Aldea Home Store! Don't forget you can customize it with your own personal message and color, so you can express your own sentiments and mark important events in a beautiful, personalized way.

SF flag labexperiment

September 08, 2013 by Aldea Home

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