New York artisan Shellie Pomeroy carries degrees in graphic design and philosophy. She began her career as a graphic designer and head of the art department at a publishing company, then as a freelancer in identity design and marketing. As someone who is drawn to the tactile experience of creating with her hands, she longed for a career that would allow her to express herself in a more tangible way. Silk & Willow was born from this passion to create, combined with her love of design, photography, and natural color. As Shellie explains, “I wanted a career that was in tune with my passion to create, so I crafted a company that spoke to my soul.”

As a student of sustainability, Shellie uses only natural fibers and fabrics, including silk, for its durability, softness, and drape, and handwoven cotton, for its unique textures and support of ancient textile traditions. The tactile experience of natural fibers is alluring, and when imbued with nature’s palette, it is breathtaking.  

Using plant dyes is part art and part science, much like baking: proper measurements, technique, and time are necessary for consistent, accurate results. While dyeing with plants doesn’t always produce predictable results, all colors created have a story to tell. Shellie takes pleasure in the “slow-craft” of color that connects her to nature and reminds us of the tradition, craftsmanship, and respect for the environment that comes with using natural dyes.
Silk & Willow is dedicated to fair trade and fair business practices and uses only the highest quality materials sourced globally and locally from ethical partners—master weavers, dyers, and cultivators who help them grow and expand their product line. Their goal is to make your event sparkle with their handcrafted goods, turning your invitations, bouquets, and table decor into beautiful heirloom treasures you’ll enjoy for years to come. 

To be inspired by the unique products of Silk & Willow, such as their textural table linens, silk ribbons, and handmade deckled edge papers, visit some of the prominent print magazines and wedding blogs that feature Silk & Willow products, including; Martha Stewart Weddings, Luxe Magazine, Victoria Magazine, The Knot Magazine, Vow Magazine, Style Me Pretty, The Lane, Once Wed, Wedding Sparrow, Magnolia Rouge, Ruffled, 100 Layer Cake, Wedding Chicks, White Magazine, and Green Wedding Shoes.