Leah Ammerman loves to draw. She doesn’t need fancy pens and often relies on Sharpies to get the juices flowing. Two years ago, she was hired as the designer for Stock Culinary Goods to work on the website, advertising, window displays, and a few product ideas. Around the same time, her longtime partner was setting up a screenprinting studio in Westerly and Ammerman began playing around with lighthouse designs, which resulted in tea towels for the store. Stock owner Jan Dane mentioned always wanting Rhode Island’s harvest calendar printed on a series of tea towels and the two got busy.
“We started by pouring over the Farm Fresh Rhode Island harvest calendar,” says Ammerman, who notes that many of the one dozen illustrations were drawn and printed just before the beginning of their respective month. “That allowed me to really shop at farmers markets and have these fruits and vegetables in my hand for inspiration for the drawings.”
Originally from New York’s Hudson River Valley, Ammerman attended college in Boston where she lived and worked until three years ago when the need for a change of scenery prompted a move to Rhode Island. She recalls a lifelong love of drawing, with plants, animals, and “anything with a strong silhouette” being favorite subjects; deep reds and oranges or ocean blues and greens are her preferred colorways. “When I was working on the harvest tea towels, I really made sure to not have a bunch of green vegetables in a row. I wanted all 12 towels to have a cohesive palette and look good together in any combination,” she says.
The Rhode Island Harvest Tea Towel collection includes fiddleheads for April, radishes for June, apples for October, and more. Find them at Stock Culinary Goods, 756 Hope Street.
Learn more about Ammerman at CricicisDesign.com
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