Solvejg Makaretz of Trosko Designs in Yarmouth Maine creates stunning and colorful original designs inspired by living in Maine and growing up in Denmark and Sweden, where she spent her childhood. Says Solvejg, "in fact there are a lot of similarities between Maine and especially Sweden."
Solvejg Makaretz is Scandinavian and she does like black, grey, and white - a nod to the simplicity of her roots. But, one view at her beautiful projects, and it is obvious that she really LOVES colors too! She uses color every day at her studio in Yarmouth Maine called Trosko Designs.
We spoke to Solvejg about her inspiration and where she has developed such a talent for her textile work and designs. Says Solvejg: "I am an architect, trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen Denmark and at University of Pennsylvania, and I do like straight lines, order, and simplicity. However I totally love whimsy!!!" Taking one look at her moose pillows, puffin stuffed animal and her whimsically shaped winter and summer Maine pillows, we can see what she means!
Solvejg spent more than 20 years as an architect designing buildings; but decided she needed a change and so she decided to delve into surface pattern design.
The landscape, the proximity to the ocean, the appreciation of the moment in time is what inspires Solvejg. Her studio is in located in her house, where she does all the design work, all the sewing, contacting, shipping, posting and creating. She loves living in a small town and she tries to walk or bike as often as possible.
Solvejg Makaretz creates products that are printed with eco-friendly inks. The printing method is digital which is one of the most "green" printing methods since it doesn't waste a lot of water and surplus ink. For her products, she uses all the fabric with very little waste - sustainability and being environmentally friendly are critical elements of her process. And her pillows are soft and comfortable! The inserts she uses are locally sourced from Cuddledown, a well know Maine company.