I'm very excited to have been asked by the fabulously talented Meredith, founder of Oden Gallery to contribute to her regular design column on Vancouver's newspaper The Province. Click over to my first post where I talk about the scope of textile design, the rise of handmade and also feature a couple of my favorite local designers.
Dahlia Drive is headed up by Wendy Van Riesen who makes incredible slips and clothing using upcycled fabrics. Her latest work is a collaboration with acclaimed Haida artist Reg Davidson.
The clothing line is based on Davidson's Raven Dancing silkscreen and Eagle Drum painting, and is inspired by the Haida Gwaii landscape and traditional colors used by Haida artists.
At Daub and Design Lexi Soukoreff makes incredible hand-dyed yoga pants, dresses and accessories.
To achieve its distinctive patterning each garment is tied individually for the resist, dyed and untied - a process that requires much time and patience. Both the time intensive aspect of the process as well as the uniqueness of each item can be a tricky thing to convey to a consumer used to seeing identical items lined up on a rack.
But part of the beauty of making an item by hand in small batches Lexi says is “my hands are touching every piece of the item from binding to dyeing to untying, my eyes are inspecting every part of the garment”. The labor that is put into each and every piece results in a high quality item that’s as one-of-a-kind as her clientele. Embracing this as part of her process, Lexi is looking forward to creating more limited edition pieces in the near future. My perspective is that handmade is really what modern luxury is all about these days and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Head on over to the Province to read the full article which includes some great links to additional information on environmental sustainability and challenges of the textiles industry.
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