BLAK RUST

HISTORY

Designed by Shannon Pultz, BLAK RUST is a high-end line of hand-painted silk stoles and scarves, as well as wallcoverings and upholstery fabrics. This Pittsburgh design studio combines contemporary aesthetics with traditional Japanese shibori silk painting techniques to create modern, timeless fabrics. A trained fine artist, Shannon’s exhibited work around the world includes the Biennale di Venezia and The New Museum in New York City. BLAK RUST’s vivid fabrics and papers showcase Shannon’s artistic passion and creative expertise. After fifteen years living abroad, Shannon moved back home to Pittsburgh where BLAK RUST was born.

APPROACH

Every BLAK RUST design results from Shannon’s meticulous process. Carefully folding, twisting, and bunching cloth, Shannon adds dyes to create her mesmerizing patterns. Reminiscent of natural textures like stone and flower foliage, Shannon’s artwork is influenced by the natural environment. After collecting images of surfaces and textures throughout her life, Shannon possesses a deep vocabulary of looks. Her collection centers on four different color palettes inspired by images collected from time spent in Rome, Italy. Following the success of her first collection, Shannon continues to create new designs influenced by her travels and daily observations.

FUTURE

BLAK RUST launched with hand-dyed silk scarves and stoles created by Shannon. BLAK RUST HOME is a venture between Shannon and Interior Designer Majorie Carlson to showcase Shannon’s paintings applied to print-to-order textiles, fabrics, and wall coverings for the home décor industry. Shannon continues to grow her selection of wearables for her online store and her home collection for interior designers and retailers.