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The Making Of Wonderland
 
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Thursday August 18, 2016
POSTED BY: Lola Guerrero
 

The namesake pattern for our Fall 2016 collection, Wonderland, was created in collaboration with Brooklyn-based artist Olivia Wendel. This contemporary toile illustrates the intersection of myth and memory. It depicts a fantastical interpretation of nature, where human objects of the past conjure up memories of lost treasures. The Pollack Studio interpreted the unique painted quality of Wendel's storytelling through individual stitches on a linen ground, creating an ultimately usable yet dynamic fabric. Available in two colorways, 'Mad Hatter' and 'Midnight in the Garden', each one depicts the scene at a very distinct time of day.

So, how did it happen? "The process came about out of a desire to create artwork that was different from the hand that we have in the Pollack Studio" says Chase. "We wanted to create a world that was both bizarre and remarkable, one that would be conceived with an unrestrained imagination. Almost immediately, we thought of Olivia Wendel, whose work personified the story that we wanted to tell". The process was extensive, as always, and involved not only Olivia and the Pollack Studio but a close collaboration with our fantastic mills, too.

When Olivia works, she does not outline a plan and sketch out her ideas with a pencil, she simply lets her imagination and her hand go on the paper. 

Once the paintings were complete, the Pollack Studio utilized our knowledge of embroidery and the capabilities of the mill to translate the paintings into a finished cloth. Chase scanned the artworks into the computer and began honing Olivia's exuberance to create the final repeat and pattern. She then determined the best stitches, yarns and ground cloth and sent the final outline off to the mill in India. 

Once the design and quality were finalized, Chase began to work on color. She found color inspiration everywhere, from traditional toiles and hand painted wallpaper, to floral arrangements and pictures of summer garden parties. 

In the end the studio chose two colorways, Mad Hatter and Midnight in the Garden, each consisting of nine yarn colors of yarn on a linen ground.

To see more of Olivia's artwork, you can visit her website, where you will also find her recently launched collection of 100% silk and wool scarves produced in Como, Italy. These incredibly stunning designs were all hand painted in her design studio in Brooklyn, NY. 


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TAGS:  Wonderland, Olivia Wendel, Embroidery, Brookly, Original Artwork, Pollack Fabric, Color blankets, Interior Design
 
 
Fusion & Avery Boardman Photoshoot
 
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Friday July 10, 2015
POSTED BY: Lola Guerrero
 

We had a very successful photoshoot at our warehouse photo studio this week! In a continued collaboration with Avery Boardman and with the help of many others, we were able to photograph some of their beautiful pieces upholstered in select fabrics from our most recent collection, Fusion! Here is a behind the scenes take on the shoot. Above are Zinnia, Color Guard and Sedan Plush on the pillows with West Coast on the sofa. Those are Vito's legs, he was our model for the day. 

Scored Silk and Magic Eye Velvet 

The Joy of Hex, Alloy and Striptease 

Chase and Leon prepping

Engagement 

Scored Silk and Magic Eye Velvet

Engagement 

Vito getting in place for his close up 


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TAGS:  Fusion, Fall 2015, Pollack photo studio, Warehouse, Joy of Hex, Alloy, Striptease, Zinnia, Color Guard, West Coast, Sedan Plush, Magic Eye Velvet, Scored Silk, Engagement, Vito, Avery Boardman
 
 
Molly's Shirt
 
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Friday May 29, 2015
POSTED BY: Lola Guerrero
 

Our junior designer, Molly Haynes, came into the office wearing her own handmade shirt!

"The shirt was handmade on a knitting machine. It is similar to a loom but has tiny needles that knit each individual stitch when you run the yarn across it. I used a special technique called “knit weaving” where I manually placed each row of the jute fiber across the bed of the machine in a way that it will weave into the knit structure. The whole thing takes about 5 hours!" 


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TAGS:  Handmade, knit weaving, jute, molly, pollack studio
 
 
RISD Visits Pollack
 
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Thursday May 07, 2015
POSTED BY: Lola Guerrero
 

Rhode Island School of Design textile students came to the design studio last week to talk with Rachel about the industry and how it all works once you're out of school. Rachel also presented our most recent Rise and Shine collection and there were definitely lots of 'oohs and ahhs' happening! Our kind of audience! 

Thanks for joining us, RISD!


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TAGS:  RISD, Textile students, Rise and Shine, Pollack Studio
 
 
Ancient Archives
 
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Tuesday April 28, 2015
POSTED BY: Lola Guerrero
 

Last week Chase, Molly and Rachel visited one of our favourite domestic partners. While down there, they got to look through their French archives consisting of stacks and piles of fabrics both paper and woven, dating back to the beginning of the century. Our design team was in awe!

Warp bobbins as far as the eye can see! These yarns are on a structure called a creel which holds the bobbins while a giant warp is being spun. 

Rainbow warp yarns running off the creel to the velvet loom.

Jacquard loom.


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TAGS:  MTL, velvet, jacquard, ancient archives, pollack studio
 

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