Elizabeth Few’s silk botanicals elevate elegance

Far more than being an extravagance, silk is being recommended by aestheticians to use as sheets and pillowcases because it’s a textile that doesn’t absorb moisture. As a result, it won’t dry out your skin.

Artist Elizabeth Few makes the pillowcases of your facialist’s fantasies—as well as eye masks and kimonos—in her Richmond studio. “I use a botanical dying process to create the imprint of the plant on the silk and it creates a pattern,” she says. “The prints are seasonal, because I use seasonal plants.” Purple leaf plum is her favorite botanical. 

The artist is preparing to branch into digital pattern-making so you can get her prints regardless of the season. She’s been featured on Goop and in Vogue, although she says she’s not looking to expand into one of the mega-businesses these outlets are known to launch. “I wanted to focus on the artistry of what I do,” she says. “I am an artist, and I make botanical art.” 

Few is about to launch a line of made-to-order wallpapers, the first iterations of which she calls “serene” and Japanese-inspired. But in the meantime, and coming in time for the holidays, are new collections of her silk pillowcases, eye masks, and kimonos—something beautiful no matter the season. ElizabethFewStudio.com

Photography by Adam Ewing

From left: Botanical print silk kimonos and pillowcases from Elizabeth Few’s Leizu collection. Purple leaf plum botanical print wallpaper, soon to be available online, is featured in her dining room. 


This article originally appeared in the December 2023 issue. 

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