Thursday, March 31, 2011

Artisan Made Mochila Bags by annie O. boutique

I find these Colombian-made Mochila bags made for annie O. boutique to be absolutely remarkable. If anything epitomizes the perfect fusion between fashionable accessories and exceptional artisan textile crafting, it is these traditional, message-encoded bags. Annie Waterman, the founder of annie O. boutique describes on her site:

Mochila bags take about a month to complete and they are intimately linked to Wayuu life and their philosophy. They represent a circular cosmology where there is no before and after, but only threads of life spun from one cycle and woven into the next. Mochilas are also practical in everyday life and are used to carry food, water, and even the woven hammocks known as chinchorros. 

To the Wayuu, weaving symbolizes the endless cycle of life. The matriarchal Wayuu people of Colombia and Venezuela have been weaving these beautiful bags for generations – both for their bright, geometric beauty, and for the deep spiritual message they convey. 

Also quite inspiring are these hand-woven fiber cuffs / one size fits all.

*visit annie O. boutique on Facebook for updates on their artisan projects.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Doo-Nanny 2011 and Backroad Impressions

Free-range sustainable fashion by Alabama Chanin

You can read my report from driving the back roads of the rural South and the Doo-Nanny 2011 in my article, 'A Love For One's Thread and the Doo-Nanny' on EcoSalon. Thank you friends, from New Orleans to New York City, for taking me into your hospitable folds this past weekend. You showed me a deeper side of the American spirit.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Back On American Soil with the Doo-Nanny

image courtesy of Alabama Chanin

I just arrived back in the States late last night with a stretch of time before my three boys also return from Europe. Seems a bit crazy, but I will be off tomorrow to travel to New Orleans to pick up our sweet whippet Finn who spent the winter with friends and their new puppy, Bela. 

Finn and Bela in a deep Southern snooze (photo by Kent Hardouin)

I am hoping to make a stop in Seale, Alabama, as I drive north on Sunday to visit the final day of this weekend's Doo-Nanny. Cannot make any promises, as I might just want to curl up slow Southern style and take a deep nap for a week. Stay tuned for more coverage and possible photos from my winding backroad travels. Rural America, take me into your folds.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Green Inspiration: Tree Drawings by Tim Knowles

Welcome to Spring 2011 and a fresh green canvas of new possibilities. I love the work of artist Tim Knowles, particularly his Tree Drawing Project, pictured above. This image makes me wonder what sort of fashion creation a tree's branches might render if the idea was tossed out into the wind. Swaying green arboreal couture?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fashioning Self and the Environment for Earth Day

Mosstika's installation of live succulents (Edina Tokodi/József Vályi-Tóth)

I am excited that things are coming together so organically for the Earth Day open house that I am organizing at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn. This evening event will take place from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, April 22, 2011, and the range of projects and activities to be shared will include a spectrum of ideas related to fashioning self, fiber, textiles, and craft in environmental outreach. Refreshments and organic treats will also be provided.

Eko-Lab's A/W 2011 Collection

The current list of artist/designer participants is as follows: 

Susan Benarcik, Meiling Chen (Fearless Dreamer), Abigail Doan, Daria Dorosh, Xing-Zhen Chung-Hilyard and Melissa Kirgan of Eko-Lab, Ceca Georgieva,Titania Inglis, Anjelika Krishna (a.d.o. clothing), Renata Mann, Rachel Miller, Eve Mosher, Shannon South (reMade USA), Study NY with Awamaki Lab, Edina Tokodi (Mosstika), Tali Weinberg, and Zoe Sheehan Saldana.

Please RSVP at 

'Life Jackets' filled with boyant milkweed fiber 
(image courtesy of Zoe Sheehan Saldana)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Isabell de Hillerin's A/W 2011 Patina Collection

I loved seeing Isabell de Hillerin's AW 2011 'Patina' collection live on the runway at Berlin Fashion Week in January, but the images from her look book show these beautifully textured silhouettes and layering combinations in a different light. 

"Patina takes its inspiration from urban signs of aging with the traces left by the passage of time. Surfaces with densely coloured layers...(are a) consequence of life and thus part of identity," designer Isabell de Hillerin.

Photographer: Caroline Scharff
Stylist: Anja Niedermeier
Hair/Make-up: Anna Sophie Evenkamp
Model: Sara Sperling

Monday, March 14, 2011

Knit Rope Sandals by WWA

I love the idea of these knit rope sandals by design team WWA (with the exception of the suede and leather soles). They remind me a bit of Mohop shoes and their extremely clever interchangeable ribbon designs. Makes me want to knit purl some ropey fiber sandals for spring/summer 2011.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ceca Georgieva's Silk Cord Cuffs

So smitten with my new handmade sewn silk cord bracelet by Bulgarian fiber artist friend, Ceca Georgieva. You might recall Ceca's green jewelry experiments, crafted out of vegetation and fiber from her open air studio under the shadow of Mount Vitosha here in Sofia. 

I photographed her design with a backdrop of desert vegetation in anticipation of wearing this piece during my upcoming residency at The LAND/an art site in New Mexico. Cannot wait to be out under open sky exploring ideas related to fashioning self and the environment.

More of Ceca's wearable fiber designs are findable here.
(photos by Abigail Doan)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

UNRAVEL: Knitwear in Fashion Opens Soon at MoMu

UNRAVEL. Knitwear in Fashion

 16 March to 14 August, 2011 
MoMu presents the exhibition, UNRAVEL. Knitwear in Fashion.
"The upcoming MoMu exhibition will introduce the visitor to a wide variety of exquisite knitted garments and accessories from across the last centuries, with a focus on high fashion pieces and their vernacular interpretations. Top pieces by national and international designers and labels (Ann Salens, Vivienne Westwood, Sonia Rykiel, Missoni) historic couture pieces (Schiaparelli, Patou, Chanel) as well as more avant-garde and cutting edge pieces by established designers and newcomers on the international fashion scene (Sandra Backlund, Maison Martin Margiela, Mark Fast), will sit side by side to reveal the richness and diversity of knitwear in high fashion.
The exhibition will address the important decades of knitwear in fashion, demonstrating knitwear’s popularity both on and off the catwalk, and unravelling the changing status of the relationship between knitwear and fashion. Thematically, it will showcase the various roles knitwear has played in social and fashion (r)evolutions and will address knitwear’s different and fluid association with comfort, wellbeing and chic. 
With  ‘Unravel: Knitwear in Fashion’, MoMu and Woolmark proudly present a mix of contemporary and classic knitwear design houses, as well as young designers and historical garments. The exhibition will challenge certain established ideas and show that far from being old-fashioned and dowdy- knitting is highly versatile, luxurious and  a continuing source of inspiration for high end fashion."
The exhibition catalogue will be published by the Fashion Museum and Lannoo Publishers (as of March 16th, 2011).

Monday, March 7, 2011

Intergalatic Vegan Style by olsen Haus

olsen Haus 'Galaxy' vegan heel

I will soon be making the transition from my winter lair here in Eastern Europe to the bustle of NYC and friends who I miss dearly as well as some great upcoming art/fashion events for Spring 2011. The prospect of picking up a pair of these olsen Haus 'Galaxy' vegan heels on hold at Cow Jones Industrials boutique in Chatham, NY, is really keeping me going during this last stretch of slushy winter.

Check out the entire olsen Haus Spring 2011 lookbook here. The 'Galaxy' heel will soon be available at Cow Jones Industrials. The offerings for ethical fashion are increasingly seductive and out of this world.

I am pumped about progress like this.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Paris Fashion Week: Issey Miyake AW 2011

Crisp and clean origami-fold pieces being assembled on the runway during Issey Miyake's Paris Fashion Week show. Talk about cool, collaborative versatility.

Above is the suite of black and white permutations.

Love this Escher-like graphic statement as well.

Autumn 2011 hues and views via

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Paris Fashion Week: Josephus Thimister AW2011

Congratulations to felt artist extraordinaire, Vilte Kazlauskaitefor her stunning collaboration with fashion designer Josephus Thimister for his  AW 2011 collection at the Grand Palais during Paris Fashion Week. These latest hand-felted creations are absolutely ravishing. Vilte is known for her expertise in Nuno felting as well as her exquisite self portraits where she models her own eco-friendly designs. I first featured Vilte's work in 2009. So exciting to see such a lovely and talented person receive the recognition she genuinely deserves.

Learn more about Vilte's work here and well as her upcoming workshops.