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I am so pleased to be working with the Textile Arts Center as part of our initiative at StyleSalt to support independent fashion artists and designers. Fiber art is the first step in wearable creations, and I couldn’t be happier with the shift from people looking for mass-produced pieces to wanting something special and unique–real statement-pieces that can be an extension of their personality and view of the world. It’s a push to individuality, and with the luxury market back in swing, customers don’t mind paying more to get it.
I have spent a large portion of my career working with designers, both emerging and established, as a fashion editor for magazines like ShapeNatural Health and Fit Pregnancy. Passion for creating something original is an attribute highly visible in this industry.
Now in my role for StyleSalt.com’s boutique , I am able to take on an even more hands-on role for artists, not just witnessing the journey, but also in helping. Our goal is to make apparel design a more accessible career for new talent, give designers a free place to sell their creations, free promotion, free blogging and an instant audience.
If you are interesting in becoming involved in StyleSalt’s boutique for emerging and independent designers, you can contact me at misty@stylesalt.com.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Misty Huber
CCO, StyleSalt.com

(from Eden Jewelry)

(from Kahri)

It was definitely a mad house in here this weekend.

After our blow out holiday party — which was nicely rounded out by neon decor, ice-sculptures, the Brooklyn Girls Choir, and a live nativity scene — we hosted one half of the BK Craft Central Holiday Market.

While I was thoroughly exhausted, by the end of the weekend, I was happy to spend 11 hours perusing the many works of the talented folks that filled the studio all weekend.

In case you didn’t make it, and are still looking for some great gifts for anyone, these people will surely sell to you in your last minute shopping frenzy. I’ve gathered some of my faves:

For a co-worker:

Wonderful bath salts, soaps, and scrubs from Volta Organics

 

For a good friend:

Pendant necklaces from SKT Ceramics

 

For the craft-crazy:

Hand spun, hand dyed yarn from HelloMello Hand Spun

 

For the sweet-tooth:

Oreo-Chip Cookies from Bean & Apple (highly addictive)

 

For the self-analytical writer:

Board Game spiral bound notebook from Another Work In Progress

 

AND Textile Arts Center has a few necklaces, pairs of suspenders, keychains, and woven cowls left! Stop by the studio if you want to check them out.

Thanks to all the vendors for sharing their talents, and all the customers for supporting local artists! Happy Holidays!

Yesterdays talk about wrapping paper and all our recent holiday party planning has us thinking much more about the upcoming Holiday Craft Fairs.

The popularity of DIY and handmade items has created quite the plethora of fairs to choose from… but we hope you’ll come visit us at the two we are participating in!

BK CRAFT CENTRAL

Deb Klein has taken her successful fair out of the Brooklyn Lyceum and will hold it at Textile Arts Center and Littlefields on December 18 + 19 — perfect timing for the last minute shopper. Littlefields is just a few blocks away, so you get twice the fun and free workshops!

3RD WARD

3rd Ward and BK Based do their magic, once again. This is sure to be bigger and better than last years, and perfect for the early bird shoppers. Highlights include live music, cheap coffee and cocktails. Can’t wait!

Last year we participated in a few fairs, including BK Lyceum and 3rd Ward, doing weaving demos and marketing classes.

THIS year, we’ll be having our own fair and selling some handmade items (all by TAC staff). Here’s a little sneak peak of some of the items we’ll be selling (think woven suspenders and circle scarves, jewelry, belts, and keychains)

Plus, we’ll be showing some work from the Awamaki Labs and our fave rubberband master, Margarita of M2 Jewelry.

(courtesy Awamaki – work in progress)

(courtesy M2 Jewelry)

See you there!

This past weekend, much to the G trains chagrin, I headed up to Greenpoint  for a lecture/discussion with Tara St. James, designer of sustainable line Study NY.

The discussion happened at the MOVES Pop Up shop at 214 Franklin St, and focused on clothing manufacturing and the differences between choosing to produce locally vs. overseas.

I’m so happy that Tara invited me to come. The mimosas were free, got to catch up with Titania Inglis and Greta Eagan, met some really great new people, and happily discovered MOVES. The Pop Up shop (up until Christmas!) houses a group of great independent clothing and jewelry designers including founder Ruffeo Hearts Lil Snotty, Study NY, H Fredriksson, and more. (see below for list and pics)

Tara led us in the discussion and shared her history, opinions on sustainability, and resources. The amount of transparency was definitely applauded by attendees who were mostly designers. Though I already adored her, my respect for Tara grew by 3PM when we all finally dispersed. Her honesty and dedication to working sustainably, and the time she spends on educating and mentoring.. To name a few of her side projects: an intern project Study Hall, and mentorship with Awamaki Weaving Lab. She’s just really great. And I would like to purchase majority of her designs:

 

(courtesy 4equalsides.com)

MOVES is a project collaboration by Ruffeo Hearts Lil Snotty and Williamsburg Fashion Weekend. Once the discussion started, I was more clear on MOVES purpose: to bring designers, artists, and consumers together to share inspiration, resources, and networks in order to aid others in their design process, production, promotion. The point being to educate the public, as well, and lend a hand to fellow designers… much friendlier than the cutthroat scene we might expect or are accustomed to. My shy-self was quite relieved.

This lecture was the first of many interesting events that MOVES has planned. How about a new hair cut this Sunday with a french coiffure? Or music, drinks, and a Tam Aura trunk show on Saturday?

For your Holiday Shopping Pleasure here are some images and list of participating designers:

 

Ruffeo Hearts Lil Snotty

(courtesy rhls.com)

 

H Fredricksson

(courtesy hfredriksson.com)

 

Andy Lifschutz

(courtesy andylifschutz.com)

 

Tam Aura

(courtesy tamaura.com)

 

All Participating Designers:

CLEO’S CABINET

DICK MOVE RECORDS

FABRIC HORSE

JO ANNE BERMAN

KING GURVY

LA CHINA LOCA

MARY SAVEL

MINNAE CHAE

RECESSION CLOTHING

RUFFEO HEARTS LIL SNOTTY

SDN

STUDY NEW YORK

TAM AURA DESIGNS

ANDREW LIFSCHUTZ

SHIRLEY ANN REMPE

H FREDRIKSSON

TITTY HAWK

It is my belief that accessories can make or break an outfit.  You can have the most boring collection of clothing, but if you have a striking belt, glitzy jewelry, or a big floppy hat you can create an unforgettable look.  That is why when you stop by 505 Carroll Street TOMORROW be sure to stop by the 4 accessory designers’ tables.

Designer: Shannon South of reMade USA is gracing the Center with her fabulous “upcycled” one-of-a-kind leather accessories.  Shannon sources her worn in, loved for ages leather at second-hand stores and disassembles them so she can construct beautiful bags through the inspiration of the original jacket.  The beauty of the bag is in the wear of the previous owner; the imperfections of the leather tells the story of its previous life and lets the bag be the storybook.  reMade USA was born out of the concern with creating yet another product to add to the gazillions already on this planet. Shannon has a strong belief that if one is to be a product designer, there’s an important responsibility in thinking about what materials might do to the environment and how the people manufacturing them are being affected.

Panelist / Designer: Margarita Mileva of M2 Jewelry and her stunning rubber band necklaces will be present at Fashion’s Night Out: Celebrating “Slow”.  If you didn’t see the previous post about her jewelry you can read the entire version here. An architect and jewelry maker, took one office’s trash and turned the into intricate jewelry pieces that have taken the world by storm.  Most recently she has submitted her new Rubber Band Pin Designs to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago gift shop and her designs were recently featured in Art Show – an international contemporary and modern art fair held annually in May.  The pieces definitely speak for themselves.  Accompanying Margarita’s jewelry is her jaw-dropping rubber band dress.  Just see what the TAC Kids had to say:  “Wow you made that?” – Anonymous Kid 1  “How did you DO that?” – Anonymous Kid 2  “I want to wear it!” – Me

Designer: Jennifer Sarkilahti of {Odette} is an artist in New York City who designs and crafts her distinctive collection, Odette New York, out of her Brooklyn studio.  Since launching in 2006, Odette New York has been featured in magazines Lucky, InStyle and People StyleWatch and worn by celebrities like Taylor Swift.  Her designs are inspired by organic and industrial shapes, natural specimens, antique artifacts, and travel mementos; made using ancient and modern wax carving techniques and hand fabrication.  Gotta love tiny little treasures that can be worn around your neck or on your finger.  I especially love her petit collection, which I may have told you before, but I can’t say it enough.  I love tiny, beautiful things.

NEW Rising Tide Fair Trade have joined the festivities with their one-of-a-kind bags.  Rising Tide Fair Trade works with artisans in developing countries who earn a fair wage, enabling them to support their families and achieve a sustainable business operation. The fair trade artisans we work with earn roughly 60 percent more than they would for comparable factory jobs. Since most of the artisans have the choice to work from home, they can tend to their children while contributing to the family income.  percentage of our profits are donated to philanthropic programs that educate and equip under served young women with the skills needed to secure employment or start a business.

Each of these design lines will be available during the shopping hours that begins at 8:30pm. You can also participate in the exciting FREE workshops that will be going on simultaneously to the shopping hours.  We have natural dying, Bags for the People, and Sewing Rebellion all lined up and eager to show participants how to sew, dye, and repair damaged clothing.  Listen to the bumping tunes of DJ Whistlepunk, eat, drink, and be merry.

**Also, don’t forget to bring any old, worn out, unused clothing for Wearable Collections.  Clean out your closet for all the awesome new duds you are going to buy!  Can’t wait to see you there.

The Victorian Era.  When I think of the Victorian Era I always think about the magnificent dresses adorned in pearls, lace, gold brooches, feathers, beads, and ribbons.  Layer upon layer of silk, satin, and velvet in rich, royal colors: all the robin’s egg blue, scarlet red, eggplant purple, evergreen, ballet pink, and ivories you could ever desire.  Ugh, I was born in the wrong era. Though I am grateful my mother never tried to put me into one of those corsets.  Torture devices is what I would call those. I could never risk the ability to breathe deeply in order to look like an hour-glass.  Sigh…but the way fabrics were manipulated and transformed into fantastical waterfalls of fabric just mesmerize me.

Thank god I can still taste a little bit of this era with these beautiful textile necklaces.  They can be worn with any little black dress or with a plain white tee-shirt.  Either way, they make a statement on their own, “I feel pretty.”

Katherine Wardropped is an award-winning 3-D textile designer.  Her goal is to organically develop her “sculptural fabric technique” to a range of creative disciplines.  Particularly her brooches and necklaces all remind me of swirling wedding cakes.

However these necklaces are only available in London-based boutiques, though you could commission Katherine to create a masterpiece for you..if you are willing to pay a Victorian price.

If you don’t want to break the bank, then you should check out the necklaces created by Laura Su for her website Prismera.  Laura takes chiffon and other fabrics, sculpts them into ruffles, and applies vintage-style satin, ruffles, and sequins creating a modern take on Victorian high-style.

If you have ever worked at, interned, visited, even watched “Mad Men” you know that there are a lot of wasted supplies at the office.  What do these products become?  Paper basketballs, paper clip streamers, fake tape fingernail extensions, a post-it monster from another galaxy.

Though the eyes of a hard-working stiff may not see the full potential of these discarded pieces they do create beautiful pieces. Margarita Mileva, an architect and jewelry maker, took one office’s trash and turned the into intricate jewelry pieces that have taken the world by storm.  Most recently she has submitted her new Rubber Band Pin Designs to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago gift shop and her designs were recently featured in Art Show – an international contemporary and modern art fair held annually in May.  The pieces definitely speak for themselves.

Though Margarita has worked with all office supplies like paper clips, punched-out paper circles, and presentation binding elements her most famous and widely used material is rubber bands.  Her rubber band necklaces are easily recognizable for their unusual texture and look as well as the unmistakable feel of rubber.  What a show stopper one of these beauties are.  Each with their own color story and every one of the pieces are hand-made by Margarita herself.

They are reminiscent of coral, one of the hardest natural occurring fauna to recreate with its little fragile branches. This concept completely contradicts the material because rubber bands are designed to be sturdy and strong while coral, though vicious, is a delicate plant.

I especially think these creations are fun because I know as a little girl I always made paper-clip jewelry by clipping paper clips together, but the necklace was always harsh on my skin and would tug at my shirt until I finally gave in and took it off.  Rubber bands a much gentler office supply, something I had never though would create such a couture looking piece.

Margarita has taken her rubber band concept to a whole new level.  She has created a rubber band dress.  Margarita and her dress will be at the Textile Arts Center and Ecouterre.com’s Fashion Night Out: Slow Fashion on September 10th.

So indulge me if you will on a little detour we are going to take.  Personally, my accessory of choice has always been jewelry, and with the ladies of TAC embarking on the 6 Items or Less Challenge it has been on my mind lately.  I have a fairly large collection since I worked at a jewelry store, Pennyweights, for many years throughout high school and part of college…and I have kept every piece.  So I am always interested in what new paths jewelry makers are taking.  It is safe to say that jewelry, like clothing, will be around as long as fashion is around.  It is impossible to separate the two.  

So when I came across this amazing series of jewelry photographed by Patrizio di Renzo I was hooked.   Majo Fruithof’s jewelry collections are symmetrical in nature but is certainly not for squares. 

Her 2008 collection is almost complete done in black with the intentional splash of color or integration of white. All her pieces are exquisitely simple and easy to integrate into any fashion closet, but every single piece is a work of art in itself.  And in this world of Silly Bandz and multiple piercings, it is refreshing to see solidarity genius.

I know that jewelry of this kind is more of a metal works craft rather than a textile art, but metal works is also an age-old craft.  So thank you for letting me side-track just for a moment while accessorizing is consuming my mind.  And check out the TAC ladies on their 6 Items Challenge.