Opening the Door to Creativity
Carole Shiber has been putting her imagination to work in the home since 1990, when a friend asked her to help him decorate his new kitchen. Inspired by his request, she invited him to go to the fabric store to pick out some patterns for napkins she thought would be fun. That evening, never having actually made napkins before, and with more fabric than needed, she went on to cut and sew a most imaginative collection of coordinating placemats, napkins and coasters. He was in awe of what she made for him, and her new tabletop concept was born.
Next she began painting fabrics to make even more unique pieces and place-settings,and within a year had sold the first collection of her hand-painted “Piece Meals” to Macy*s NY ~ a $10.000 order 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; then a $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 leaf & flower placemats ~ the driver admitting it was his first domestic pick-up ever.
Now known in the tabletop industry for popularizing the sophisticated, die-cut placemat, Carole Shiber's shaped and painterly designs have sold through many of our nation’s go-to stores for years ~ retailers such as Macy's, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Linens & Things, QVC, JC Penney, Kohl's, SteinMart and Home Goods. Carole Shiber’s artful hand has also been found on bath and ceramic collections, and currently also graces her Signature line of washi tape.
As a painter and conceptual designer, Carole believes in the power of imagination and is intuitively inspired by the shapes, colors and movements of nature, and how we’re all connected, She works to inspire creativity and community around our collective table, toasting the beauty all around and within each one of us. To this end, she’s invented the Leafy Napkin Ring-to-Coaster(tm), the Sculpted Linen Leaf Basket(tm), and with her partner and husband, Bill Cochran, the interactive Tabletop Garden — inviting us to to mix, match, layer and interlock her functional and fluid placemats into runners and centerpieces. She’s grateful to be able to follow her heart and to use her head to bring this spirit and creativity to our everyday moments, and to share with our family and friends.
The Art Table Garden Concept Takes Shape
Shortly after Carole's first premiere splash, Bill Cochran landed on her doorstep with his own creative energies. He soon became her partner in every way, and once Carole began playing with shapes, he saw these shapely designs as interactive, and began playing with them in magical and functional ways. What evolved was the creation of Interlocking Tablescapes, with Carole's leaf and floral placemats intermixing and layering for their inventive Tabletop Garden. Bill then designed an interactive booth for the artful and informative demonstration of building one's own custom tablescape, inviting and directing the arts and crafts show-goer the freedom to play and experiment with their broad palette of shapes and colors. This creative Table Crafting combines assorted but related placemats and artfully edged napkins with Carole's inventive Leafy Napkin Rings, which turn napkins into flowers, offering collections as unique as we all are.
Calling his Art Table Garden booth his little "church of creativiity", Bill strives to bring joyful, special moments to their customers with humor and warmth, as he tours national flower and fine arts & crafts shows.
We look forward to working with you soon ~ to help create your special home decor and wonderful memories around your table with family & friends.
Love, Bill & Carole & Faith Shiber-Cochran