Vivian takes a picture of Claudia in our booth setup at the RISD Holiday Sale, 2015.

About Shibori Baby

Shibori Baby is a creative partnership born of the friendship between Claudia Middendorf and Vivian Neumann. Both graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, the two met while working at the RISD Museum Store. They felt an instant connection and a shared aesthetic that would later blossom into Shibori Baby.

Claudia, who earned an MFA in graphic design from RISD, is passionate about home decor textiles, textures and pattern combinations. She was inspired to start Shibori Baby with Vivian after literally dreaming about sewing delicate plaids and floral prints.

Vivian, who holds a BFA in Textiles from RISD, hand knits the beautiful hats, and hand finishes the pretty details on Shibori Baby products. A mother of three, Vivian appreciates the importance of natural materials, quality products and simple, functional design.  

Vivian and Claudia work in tandem to design and create these cozy blankets and accessories. They named Shibori Baby after the Shibori Japanese tie-dying technique. Shibori, which involves often-complex wrapping of cloth, reminds them of sweetly swaddled babies.