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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, New York. 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 quickly grew from a popular one-woman act to a very successful cottage industry, utilizing the talents of local NY artists.

     Next 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 flower placemats, with the coordinating coasters ~ the driver admitting that this was his first domestic pick-up ever.

       Carole’s friendly images, at once whimsical yet sophisticated, are made from her broad, painterly signature strokes, whether hand-painted in Kingston, New York, or printed as licensed artwork for endless application. Made to bring more fun and creativity to the table, Carole's concepts, designs and shapes quite simply “make people happy”.  

      Now known in the industry for popularizing the graphically-shaped, die-cut placemat, Carole Shiber's artful products (such as 100's of her best-selling placemat designs) have sold to many of our favorite "go-to" stores for years ~ retailers such as Macy's, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, Linens & Things, JC Penney, Sears, SteinMart and Home Goods. 

      Having established a permanent seat at our nation’s table, Carole Shiber then 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 was able to bring her creativity to ceramics and glassware, where they sold to national chains and gift stores alike.

     Carole and her visionary husband, Bill Cochran teamed up creatively early on to bring even more invention and artistry to her original designs.  Working with her fluid shapes, they further arranged these natural forms into an interactive system, inviting us to interlock and layer for personally-customized tablescapes and wonderfully puzzling runners and centerpieces. Many of you have enjoyed the show, as artfully demonstrated in their beautiful and entertaining booth, ART*TABLE*GARDEN, as it tours the fine arts & crafts circuit and national flower shows.  Working together in every aspect of the business, they opened the Carole Shiber Store in 2012 at 290 Fair Street, in Uptown Kingston, New York, where Bill also houses his music studio, playing the French horn in classical and in unconventional, transcendent ways. Their daughter, Faith Shiber-Cochran, who grew up among talented artists and crafters, has recently graduated from Purchase College with a Bachelors of Music as an Opera major.  (Watch and listen for her!)

     Carole is currently focused on expanding her innovative design work into additional product categories, specifically to Paper & Stationery. Check out her new crafting products ~ her painterly and illustrative washi tape collections, now best-selling at A.C. Moore, as licensed through innovative PaperHouse Productions, with more new products on the horizon. And ask about her Hand-painted and/or illustrated Parson's Chairs, magnificent statements for the home or office, and playing beautifully with her table linens and paintings for spectacular lifestyle settings.  

     She loves her work, and is so grateful she gets to be the person who gets to bring these concepts and designs into the world ~ and hopes they may bring the same joy and wonder to your home or business as it brings her.  Invite her to your table today, and let her imagination work for you.  

 CLICK BELOW the top story to watch Carole's story, as cap!ured by News Anchor, Elaine Houston, on her ground-breaking segment, Today's Women, WNYT, News Channel 13, an NBC affiliate. Thank you, Elaine!