Ep.8: Why doing art equals running a business with Erin Dollar from Cotton & Flax

By Iva Mikles •  Updated: Sep 14, 2017 •  Interviews

Erin Dollar is a surface pattern designer and textile artist living in San Diego, California. Since 2012, she’s created boldly patterned home goods for her company, Cotton & Flax, which features products made in small batches from high-quality, natural fabrics. 

As a student at UC Santa Cruz, Erin studied fine art printmaking, which led her to experiment with printing on textiles. After graduating, she continued to experiment with textile printing and further refined her aesthetic vision before founding Cotton & Flax, which became a home for her textile designs.

Through Cotton & Flax, Erin creates beautiful textile designs using her unique hand printed fabrics. Erin also teaches printmaking workshops and shares her love of printing with her students. By drawing upon her background as a fine art printmaker, she hopes to share her love of handmade textiles with a wider audience and promote a thoughtful approach to decorating your home.

Get in touch with Erin

Key Takeaways

“As a creative professional, it’s not just about the work … if you only work, you will burn out really fast. You need to be able to treat yourself with care – exercise, refresh your brain, eat healthy”

Resources mentioned

💡 Please note: This article may include affiliate links. When you buy through those links, we may earn an affiliate commission at no additional cost to you. Thank you! For more info, please read our disclosure.

Special thanks to Erin for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Erin Dollar, used with permission

Click Here For The Episode Transcript

Hi, I am Iva (rhymes with “viva”). I am an artist, illustrator, founder of Art Side of Life®, and Top Teacher on Skillshare. Since 2009 I've worked as an illustrator, character designer, art director, and branding specialist focusing on storytelling, concepts, and animation. I believe that we are all creative in infinite numbers of ways, so I've made it my mission to teach you everything I know and help wake up your creative genius. Learn more about me.