a) ABOUT CAROLE
Carole Shiber has been putting her imagination to work in the home since 1989, when she sold her first hand-painted placemats and napkins to Macy*s New York ~ a $10,000 order which she single-handedly filled from her bedroom in Brooklyn. Orders quickly followed from other neighborhood stores: ABC Carpet & Home, Barney’s New York, Henri Bendel and Fellissimo. Next came a personal appearance at Neiman-Marcus, with a trunk show yielding record sales.
As a painter and conceptual designer, Carole Shiber continued to follow her heart and used her head to bring original ideas to often predictable tabletop design. And with her fresh and friendly looks, and an ongoing presence at seasonal Gift and Home Textile Shows beginning in 1994, Carole Shiber Designs had quickly grown from a popular one-woman act to a very successful cottage industry, utilizing the talents of local NY artists. Then came the $40,000 order from Williams-Sonoma, with the big truck pulling up in front of her brownstone apartment to pick up 96 boxes of her graphically-shaped, hand-painted linen leaf and peony placemats, with the coordinating coasters ~ the driver admitting that this was his first domestic pick-up ever.
Today, you can find her her premiere linens and her sculpted linen bowls and bouquet napkin cuffs at fine arts & crafts show, select flower shows, and a selection of all of her lines right here on-line.
Now known in the industry for popularizing the graphically-shaped placemat, Carole’s bold, graphic images and broad painterly strokes, ~ at once whimsical yet sophisticated ~ continue to inspire creativity at the table, and quite simply “make people happy”.
Having established a permanent seat at our nation’s table, Carole Shiber ventured into the bath with a licensing agreement with Croscill Home, introducing her first collections in August 2007. Using the shower curtain as a giant painter’s canvas, she applied her larger-than-life, nature-inspired images to shower curtains to create “getaway fantasies” almost as scenery. Then in 2009, Carole joined hands with Clay Art and Formation Brands, where she's been able to bring her creativity to ceramics and glassware, while Clay Art/Formation bring her products to some of our favorite national stores and gift shops alike!
But right here on her website is where you can find Carole's own products made in Kingston, New York ~ with many of them hand-painted by Carole herself. She loves her work, and hopes it brings the same joy to your home as it brings her.
CLICK BELOW the top story to watch Carole's story, as captured by News Anchor, Elaine Houston, on her ground-breaking segment, Today's Women, WNYT, News Channel 13, an NBC affiliate. Thank you, Elaine!