tablet+HAAR is the textile, print and pattern design studio run by 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 work. 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. Katie 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 which was a bit like being on the Antique's Road Show everyday. Prone to breaking china she decided against the antiques trade and went on to work 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.