HOme goods that make a home feel good
At SWEETGUM Textiles our mission is make homes feel good by making ethically-produced,
eco-friendly interior goods designed here in the USA.
Founded by an architect, and committed to helping protect the landscape of New England that inspires us.
I'm Sandra, the founder of Sweetgum. I've always been curious about how certain places have a character to them like no other. New England is like that. You know when you're in a New England village by the style of the architecture and the cottage gardens overflowing with herbs. Sweetgum was founded on that notion that certain places have what urban planners call a "Sense of Place". The designs and patterns created for our products strive to capture the character of New England. I find inspiration in the natural landscape and my cottage garden. Using natural fibers like linen and cotton is important to me, as is insuring that all the printers and cut & sew factories we partner with follow ethical labor practices. My mission is to create beautiful products for the home that evoke a sense of place, New England, and make you feel good using them because you know they were made with care.
About our products:
Our hand screen printed yardage is printed in an historic textile mill in Rhode Island that has been family owned and operated since 1937. They are one of the few hand printed fabric mills remaining in the USA.
The cut & sew workrooms we collaborate with are in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Michigan to make our finished goods. Talented women with decades of combined experience in the garment industry sew the kitchen linens and home goods.
Protecting the natural environment that inspires us
Our fabrics are all natural; linen, cotton/linen blends and cotton. We use eco-friendly inks and dyes to print our patterns. Our digitally printed fabrics are printed in Pennsylvania on demand to reduce waste.
In an effort to help protect the landscape of New England, we have joined forces with 1% ForThePlanet. Through 1% FTP we donate one percent of total sales to environmental organizations that help to maintain the open spaces of New England and protect the habitat of native birds.
SWEETGUM Textiles Co. llc. was founded in 2016 by architect Sandra Venus with her husband Jon Richardson. Sandra studied FineArts at R.I.S.D. & Architecture at U.W. in Seattle. Her architectural portfolio includes the design of homes from the Maine coast to the mountains of Vermont and the New Jersey highlands.
Sandra’s process for creating textile designs involves using a variety of mediums; hand sketching, photography, watercolor and digital illustration.
Patterns that capture the spirit of New England
Often the idea for a pattern will originate with a visit to a garden or a hike in the woods. Patterns are developed by studying objects collected on these outings: a handful of Sweetgum fruit found in the forest is arranged on the work table back in our studio.
Our design studio is located in a small village on the North Shore of Massachusetts, a short ride to the ocean dunes and also near historic mill towns such as Lowell, MA, one of many mill towns scattered throughout New England. It is Sandra’s love of the historic architecture of New England and designing textile patterns that inspired her to create a company to help revitalize one of the regions oldest industries- Textile Design.
We believe products are only as good as the process used to make them, which is why we:
Use natural fibers and inks that don't damage the environment during the printing process
Help keep a traditional New England craft alive by printing hand screen printed yardage close to home
Work with cut & sew factories here in the USA that meet fair labor practices
Minimize waste by producing digitally printed textiles on demand and designing products in a way that minimizes waste during in the cutting process
Support land trusts that help protect historic and natural landscapes of New England for generations to come, conservation of native habitats for creatures great & small, and hands-on environmental educational programs
The rewards for these efforts? A thriving community built on kindness to our planet and each other. A wealth of home goods that make homes feel good. We wouldn't dream of doing business any other way.
Sweetgum is partnered with 1% For The Planet. We donate one percent of total sales to New England environmental organizations that help to protect conservation lands and natural habitats.
Photography by Cynthia August Images
Sandra Venus, founder of Sweetgum textiles co., studied fine arts at R.I.S.D. & architecture at U.W. in Seattle. Our design studio is located in a small village on the North Shore of Massachusetts.