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About Carole


carole-shiber-studio-photo-260.jpg       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.

     Next came the $40,000 order from Williams-Sonoma, the big truck pulling up in front of her brownstone apartment to pick up 96 boxes of her  hand-painted linen leaf and flower=shaped placemats and coasters ~ the driver admitting this was his first domestic pick-up ever.

       Carole’s friendly images, at once whimsical and sophisticated, are made from her broad signature strokes, whether hand-painted in Kingston, New York ~ or printed as licensed artwork for many other product applications. Made to bring more joy and creativity to the home, all of Carole's designs, shapes and concepts quite simply “make people happy”.  

      Known in the tabletop industry for popularizing the sophisticated. die-cut placemat, Carole Shiber's artful designs have been selling to many of our favorite "go-to" stores for years ~ to retailers such as Macy's, Bed, Bath & Beyond, QVC, Linens & Things, JC Penney, Sears, Kohl's, SteinMart and Home Goods. 

      Having firmly established a permanent seat at our nation’s table, Carole ventured into the bath. Inspired to 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”, like scenery, and was licensed with Croscill Home.  And simultaneously, joined hands with San Francisco's Clay Art and Formation Brands, where her colorful creativity naturally took to ceramics and glassware, both with best-selling collections to national chains such as Macy*s, Linens & Things and Coldwater Creek.

     Carole and her husband, Bill Cochran teamed up creatively early on to bring even more invention to her original designs.  Working with her fluid shapes, they further arranged these natural forms into interlocking and layered tablescapes, creating the inventive Tabletop Garden(tm). Many of you have enjoyed the show, as demonstrated in their ART*TABLE*GARDEN booth, as it tours the national flower show and fine arts & crafts circuit.    To become more grounded in their community, they opened The Carole Shiber Store in 2012, near their home in uptown Kingston, New York, where one can find a virtual garden of art and creativity; it was here that Bill was also able to develop his music studio, playing his classical and techno-looping French horn. 

    With more time to design, Carole's painterly and illustrative hand now also graces her own washi tape line, as licensed and distributed by Paper House, currently top-selling at A.C. Moore and many online crafting outlets. With this latest success in a new category, she's been inspired to create more crafting, stationary and paper designs, which she now seeks to find partners.  Check out her Premium Paper Placemats, with the Napkin POPs, as she previews just a few of her ideas for the holidays right here. 

     She loves her work, and is so grateful she's one of the people who gets to bring imaginative and innovative designs into the world.  Invite her to your table today, and let her imagination work for you. 


...and ask her about her new product above. 

 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!