Designer Melissa Kirkpatrick launches the MK Collection—exquisite textiles with traditional imagery as seen through her unique perspective resulting in a beautiful array
of thoroughly modern classics. “It’s ambitious to debut such an extensive line of high-quality fabrics, to the depth I have with this collection,” says Kirkpatrick, “but I know as a designer, it offers the ability to present the fabrics as a story.”
The variety of offerings in the MK Collection—eleven prints and thirteen wovens in multiple colorways—answers designers’ requests for fine fabrics that also solve real-life design challenges.
Reflecting the southern charm of Kirkpatrick’s Georgia roots, the MK Collection is luxurious but livable. Kirkpatrick trained as an artist but decided to create her own fabric line after editing Smith & Noble’s Jessit Gold line. Her experience confirmed that the best textiles are created when the right color or image is married with a compatible weight and texture.
Inspired by the beautiful botanical imagery found in the textiles, pottery, graphics and ironwork of the Art Nouveau period, Kirkpatrick worked with the world’s leading textile artists and fabricators in Italy and Switzerland to create high-end fabrics that are applicable to a wide array of settings. Favoring large-scale hand screened prints that carefully balance the interplay between positive and negative space, the MK Collection lends depth to a room without overwhelming the rest of the design.
The printed and woven components of the MK Collection feature vibrant colors and complex neutrals. “Color evokes so much emotion,” says Kirkpatrick. “Even the neutrals in this
collection are full of rich hues.”
Comfortable and compelling, the MK Collection conveys a range of emotions---some pieces are dramatic, others have a more peaceful quality, but ultimately, they all work
together to tell an irresistible story.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Inspired by her artist grandmother, Melissa Kirkpatrick obtained her degree in printmaking at the University of Georgia, which led her to a career in interior design. Kirkpatrick also served as a consultant for the window treatment company Smith & Noble, where she was primarily responsible for editing their “Jessit Gold” line, which is sold directly to the trade. Kirkpatrick had always loved color, texture and pattern but the process of discovering and editing fabrics for Smith & Noble inspired her to create her own line of fabrics.
In 2011 Melissa launched the MK Collection. This expansive collection of fabrics features eleven prints and thirteen wovens in multiple colorways. A hallmark of the collection is its
ideal marriage of style, substance and high-quality.
“As I worked with great fabric houses in Europe, discovering an endless supply of textures and fabrics to marry with my designs,” says Kirkpatrick. “I knew my passion for art had found
its home in fabrics.”