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Strength and fragility: balance necessary in nature and life. I seek this balance in both the physical and visual texture created from a single expansive piece of sustainable raw cloth, dyed using ancient techniques, deconstructed, then stitched, pieced, or quilted. Through an organic process, each step informs the next until the textile become a sculptural and functional form on the human body. On the body, this cloth becomes the most intimate art as beauty and function converge.
I seek to drape the body with the same beauty and grace of the traditional Indian silks I love. My process is environmentally conscious in that I work almost exclusively with recycled saris. Each five meters of silk has had one life already in India. I acquire them torn, stained and well-loved. To me, they carry a story and as I work with each piece I imagine the woman who wore it and the woman who will wear it in its new form; where it will take her and how she will feel. I calm the bold prints with silks I hand-dye in my studio. I use fine merino wool and traditional wet felting methods (hand-rolling using just soap and water) to build both the fabric and the finished garment simultaneously. I love to sculpt garments - I build rather than sew - and I strive to create finely finished pieces.
Bojagi, Korean traditional wrapping cloth, construction is triple time sewing which makes the combined stitched lines as strong linear elements. To express the concealed beauty of nameless women’s lives, I use transparent silk, layering them together to create dimensional and illusive movement quality. My non-wearable works include contemporary pojagi wall hanging, soft sculpture, etc. My wearables become an interactive dialogue with the architectural installations I execute for specific sites.
Cecilia Frittelli & Richard Lockwood
We construct clothing and accessories for men and women from our handwoven fabric which we produce on traditional vintage looms. The American-spun yarns we weave include silk, merino, alpaca, and chenille, with a special emphasis on eco-friendly bamboo and hemp. These photos were taken at a professionally-produced fashion show in April 2016. We were featured as one of six regional designers and created 10 original ensembles using our handwoven fabric, 5 of which you see here.
Geoffrey Roth & Todd Daniels
I have had a lifelong fascination with what one can create incorporating refined beauty and extreme precision. A wristwatch allows me to do just that using a broad spectrum of fascinating, elegant and very sophisticated materials. I define my work as "Engineered Sculpture".
Mary Lynn O'Shea & Molly O'Shea Smith
I have been working with fiber and color for over forty- five years. Currently I am designing my own woven jacquard fabrics. These fabrics are the culmination of all of my past experience. I work closely with one of the last jacquard mills in this country to ensure that my fabrics are not only beautiful but also high quality and American made. I have also integrated lighter weight fabrics into my line of jackets. Many of the silks that I use are pieced, pleated and embroidered. I now work with my daughter who has become an excellent pattern maker and seamstress. We make our own patterns and alter them for each customer to provide a custom fit. We pride ourselves on making beautiful, well fitting garments for everyone regardless of size or shape. All of our work is made in our studio in Vermont. We make all of our own trims and our buttons are made in house on reconditioned turn of the century button equipment. I am fortunate to have made a living doing what I love.
I have been designing clothes for 27yrs and always expanding my sense of style. This years collection is varied fabrics of silk cotton and wool. My styles reflect a more fitted shape. On each piece I have airbrushed a gradation of black. Some of the pieces have an appliqué and color removal paste to create a design.
This botanical and insect inspired collection is linoleum block printed. I design, illustrate and painstakingly hand-carve each linoleum block. Garment sections are printed before construction. I layer prints and colors to get the desired effect, carefully considering all the garment design details before printing. My silhouettes are drawn from my historical costume studies. I translate shapes and details from the past, adding a contemporary twist. I strive to create a unique, wearable , and beautifully constructed garment with timeless design, historical references, and impeccable craftsmanship.
Mindy McCain & Carrie May
Each unique scarf is light and silky and wonderful to touch. Handcrafted from Tencel® in hand-dyed, vibrant colorways, these luxurious fashion scarves are handwoven by the artist in a variety of original and traditional twill patterns. Because of the hand-dyeing process, each scarf is unique. The scarves are handwoven on a 32-harness loom using patterns designed by the artist. These patterns are created to enhance and showcase the luminous colors of the hand-dyed warps.
Yuh Okano: Invitingly tactile, soft, joyful nature inspired textures and flowing forms create eye catching wearable art. Combination of art and design and functionality. Japanese born, based in New York, Yuh invites the sensation of connecting with beauty of ocean creatures, plant life and flowers. Since 1995 her textile art, design and apparel has been featured in renowned galleries, museums and (fashion houses) around the world. Wholesale & retail shows 2015,2016 American Craft Council show, Baltimore, Atlanta, San Francisco 2016 American Craft Festival New York 2014, 2015, Manicolle Tokyo Japan Selected Exhibitions & Awards 2011-2016now Fiber Futures: Japan’s Textile Pioneers Tokyo, NY, SF, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Barcelona, Porto, Paris, Netherlands 2014 Shibori International Symposium Hangzhou 2013-2015 Plenitude-fiber Art show Tokyo, Sweden 2011 TAFTA/The Geelong Forum Australia 2000 MoMA NY/Selected Permanent design collection.
All of the felted pieces are the result of the fusion of the ancient art form of feltmaking with modern techniques to create new and elegant styles. This collection has been nuno felted by combining hand-dyed fine silk and the finest merino wool while still using the oldest felting method, rolling and rubbing all layers of silk and wool to create all kind of textures on the garments. My work is embellished with a distinctive texture using techniques such as free motion embroidery, hand-stitching, beading, painting, printing and eco-printing.
My designs are influenced by my fine art background and my training as a textile designer. These custom made pieces are hand loomed with finest merino wool, dyed and finally felted by hand. My aim is to create a wearable art that is elegant yet comfortable. All the work is done in my studio.
Candiss Cole & Rodger Footitt
Our families came to America as weavers. I have been hand-weaving since the age of five. My husband is a textile engineer and has created textile machinery for yarns and dyes both here in the US and in England. We blend handwoven and industrial fabrics together to create a unique fabric and a wearable garment for both men and women.
The images and graphics are HAND PAINTED with brush, topical paints, using a variety of techniques of layering and solids depending on the desired effects. Painted lace, cut into shapes are layered on the painted fabric. The DECORATIVE STITCHING IS DONE FREE FORM, with machine, to give the illusion of "sketching" on top of the collaged painted surfaces. My work is the continuing experimentation of painting, cutting, piecing and stitching fabrics into different patterns. The pieces are designed to be viewed 360 degrees, and with movement, to see half the garment is to see only half the story. All the pieces are lined and have couture finishing. I design, sew, and paint everything.