By Meagan Downey
Softly-colored, silk-screened linens adorn tables and furniture at the newly-relocated Cricket Radio studio at Shelburne Green. Owner Elizabeth Archangeli recently moved the studio from Charlotte, and her favorite features of the new location are the heat and electricity (her studio in Charlotte had neither) as well as the wafting smells from the test kitchen of Eating Well magazine.
“We’re really happy to be here,” said Archangeli, who lived and worked in Florida, California, and Arizona before settling in Vermont with her five-year-old son.
Archangeli also spent time working with the Council on Foreign Relations in Indonesia, where she found herself captivated by traditional batik textiles. Her interest in design led her to take a silk-screen printing class at Burlington City Arts, and she began to develop the unique Asian and European fusion style that has garnered publicity in Martha Stewart Living, Food & Wine magazine, and USA Today’s Green Living section, among others.
Cricket Radio designs are also influenced by vintage Americana, rural Vermont, and contemporary aesthetics. The resulting artwork is silk-screened by hand onto sustainable, 100-percent Italian linen. Linen, produced from flax plant fiber, is a strong and breathable fabric that softens with each wash. After silk-screening, Cricket Radio linen is sewn into a variety of home goods including hand towels, placemats, napkins, cocktail napkins, table runners, and throw pillows.
Cricket Radio also offers custom yardage and wallpaper for home decorating, as well as one-of-a-kind gifts like 100-percent organic cotton onesies with eco-friendly inked butterflies and birds.
Home goods are currently available on the web and in select boutiques and retailers throughout the country, including Arabesque and Common Deer in Shelburne and Healthy Living Market in South Burlington.
For more information, visit www.cricketradiovermont.com.