Rustbelt Fiberwerks presents a timeless yet modern take on domestic items and housewares with eclectic motifs that have come to characterize Rustbelt’s designs. Leah Parkhurst has been creating her distinctive patterns and prints since 2006, when she began producing crisp and quirky hand-printed home goods. Leah’s hands-on printmaking and surface design workshops and creative classes allow an exchange with artisan communities and other creative individuals from across the United States. That exchange influences her overall style and creative outlook. Leah Parkhurst is the author of “Screen-Printing Without a Darkroom” and has actively collaborated with other craftspeople and artists throughout her career. Leah’s designs adorn everything from fabric and rugs, to bedding and paper goods. Her housewares have appeared in periodicals such as Sew Somerset, Make it Mine and Somerset Home.
Stationery Bike was founded in 2020 by Leah Parkhurst. Her handmade paper, hand-designed surface embellishments and exuberant color palette are at the heart of Stationery Bike. Beginning as a paper making venture to use leftover scrap from her alternate textile business, Rustbelt Fiberwerks, her love of letter writing, fiber-based crafts and cycling all came together to form a business with a fresh outlook. Leah built the business utilizing many of the skills she’d honed while running Rustbelt Fiberwerks, and applied the same principles across all ventures. Leah believes that all products should be immaculately designed, easily accessible and add a flash of something extra to the day-to-day. Over the years, Leah has further developed the bicycle-based stationery business with the objective of filling the world with unexpected color combinations, textures and design, all delivered from the back of her 1950’s Western Flyer bike. Her goal is to create high-quality handmade products that bring quirky simplicity to everyday correspondence.