Handprinted - Natural Fibers and Organic Forms

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Inspired by organic forms, from seaweed to mushroom spore prints, Ashley’s work grows from her observations of nature and are transported onto a range of textiles, paper and prints. Visit her workshop for a behind the scene look at designing and manufacturing handprinted goods on a small scale in Rhode Island. A short tour of the Willywaw studio will be followed by a presentation of her work and printing demonstration. Guests are invited to pull a print to take home and an artful buffet lunch will be provided.

These events are being recorded and photographed. By attending, you give your consent to be photographed, filmed, taped, and/or recorded.


Ashley Van Etten


Ashley Van Etten is an illustrator and owner of Willywaw, a Rhode Island-based design company. Named after the katabatic winds in the Strait of Magellan, Ashley’s work is inspired by nature’s forms, colors and patterns. She creates a range of hand-printed textiles, paper, and limited edition prints.

While her designs depict natural forms in her own style, her observations aren’t unlike those of scientists; she uses her senses and skills to interpret those experiences. She finds the interconnection of living organisms and their environment fascinating and an endless source of inspiration.

Ashley’s studio is a mile from Narragansett Bay and the URI Bay Campus. She lives with her husband/photographer, Joe Beckham, and their two dogs, Juneau and Takhoma, on the seven-mile long tidal inlet of the Narrow River.