ABOUT

Hola! I’m Shea.

I have been practicing the art of orizomegami (paper dyeing) since I was 6 years old, when my parents learned and taught me, in order to save money on Christmas wrapping paper. We had the most beautiful presents on the block!

I eventually got to a place in my former career in international adult education where I was over-stressed and looking for a way to release it. I returned to dyeing and continued improving my skills over the years. It brought me such joy that I wanted to share these beauties with people in a way that would transcend the delicate nature of the original pieces; thus Chez Shea was born.

Each design typically originates from a single piece of material, dyed in one sitting. The art is essentially in the folding and dyeing manipulation before it ever hits my computer.

I use any dyeing agent I can find to formulate my colors and intensities from watercolors to food coloring to natural substances. I often will attempt to replicate certain patterns over and over again through folding and dyeing techniques, however no single pattern is exactly the same. They are much like snowflakes - which is what I love about this art.

Beautiful results come both when I create with intention towards a certain shape or style and when I create without any care for the end result. I can fold and dye for hours watching each design bleed, develop, and unfold in front of my eyes. Sometimes I create in silence, sometimes with inspirational music, sometimes in nature, sometimes indoors, and sometimes while watching some juicy British crime drama.

I like to leave the pieces as natural as possible when working with them digitally in order for the owner to enjoy the idiosyncrasies of a paper art on their walls or soft furnishings.

Please join me on Instagram (@chezshea) where I regularly post work-in-progress pics and my inspirations, and sign up for an email below so I can let you know about new collections.

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy these beauties as much as I do in your space!

Paz y amor,

Shea

 

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Notes about my products:

  • It is highly recommended that these wallcoverings be installed by a professional paper hanger.

  • Because I am a one-person business with very little overhead, I do not accept returns. All sales on anything other than samples are final.

  • If you are a showroom or retail shop interested in carrying my line, please get in touch at hello@chezsheadesign.com!