Opening the Door to Creativity
Inspired by a friend's request to help him decorate his kitchen, Carole Shiber has been putting her imagination to work in the home since 1994. After designing this first set of coordinated placemats, napkins and coasters for his new home, she went on to create a handful of creative collections to market to local NYC stores.
She soon received a $10.000 order from Macy*s, 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; 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 since sold through many of our nation’s go-to stores for years ~ retailers such as Bed, Bath & Beyond, Linens & Things, QVC, JC Penney, Kohl's, SteinMart and Home Goods. Carole Shiber's designs have also been licensed to other companies to include Croscill, Clay Art and PaperHouse Productions, her artful hand gracing fine bath and ceramic collections, along with her own 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 spirit and beauty all around and within each one of us. To this end, she’s invented the Leafy Napkin Ring-to-Coaster(tm), the SculpTable(tm) 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 family and friends, and extended community.
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.
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, Carole, Bill & Faith Shiber-Cochran.