tablet+HAAR is the textile and surface pattern design studio run by founder Katie Ebben Smith from the seaside village of Crail on the east coast of Scotland. Katie uses hand screen printing techniques and environmentally friendly inks as well as digital print to create her textiles. Katie named her studio after two of her great loves: the haar (sea fog) which rolls inland creating an enveloping and mysterious atmosphere that she finds inspiring, and tablet - an ultra sweet and crumbly Scottish kind of fudge - which hurts her teeth but just one square inch keeps her happily pulling screens for hours.
tablet+HAAR is driven by a passion for print, colour and pattern. Materials and process are important to Katie and each hand printed item she makes is unique. She is inspired by the beautiful landscape of the East Neuk, creating colourful and calming designs capturing the essence of her surroundings. Whether it’s a vast seascape or a tiny wild flower, she strives to convey that still point where everything else melts away and contentment is found.
Katie trained as a textile designer at Edinburgh College of Art and won a bursary to study Art & Design History at Christie's London. She worked in London as an interiors stylist and editor on various design magazines, newspapers and in advertising. She is also the author of 5 design and craft books published by Conran Octopus and Jacqui Small.