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Blending Old + New: Priya
 
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Thursday September 11, 2014
POSTED BY: Alexandra Bruno
 

Straddling both the ancient and the modern worlds, our Priya is a lavishly embellished cloth. Here are some images to show how it's made!

The Pollack studio's CAD artwork, after being hand drawn

On a natural linen ground, wide bands of machine embroidery use eight colors of lustrous thread to embroider intricate vertical stripes. The fabric is then transported to a small, traditional block-printing studio, where an individual artisan carefully positions a hand-carved wooden block, over and over again, to complete the simple printed columns that separate the embroidery.

The wood block that was created for Priya

Block print registration

The completed textile comes in three colorways; silver jewelry, peacock and sari.

         


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TAGS:  Priya, India, wood block, printing, handmade, machine embroidery, linen, jaipur
 
 
Deity: 60 Pairs Of Hands
 
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Tuesday August 19, 2014
POSTED BY: Alexandra Bruno, Marketing Department
 

Our new handmade fabric, Deity, honors three traditional textile crafts of India - Patola cutwork, Kantha embroidery and Shisha embroidery - distilling centuries of hand skills into the lengthy and painstaking steps that go into its production. To produce this incredible cloth, the Pollack studio worked closely with a woman from Delhi named Priyae Talwar. Priyae works with craftspeople from different regions to promote and sustain their native textile traditions. Deity is the culmination of 60 pairs of hands!

Here is a picture of a jali screen and it's shadows that the girls snapped on their trip - part of the inspiration for Deity

 

1. Delhi: The studio of Priyae Talwar finalizes Deity’s concept and design, and supervises all stages of production.

2. Varanasi: The traditional silk and cotton ‘Patola’ cutwork layer (pictured below) is woven and hand-clipped by groups of villagers in this ancient city. 

3. Delhi: The cutwork is sent to the studio in Delhi for additional clipping, inspection and cleaning; it is then basted to the silk ground cloth.

4. Rajasthan and West Bengal: In these western and eastern Indian states, groups of women gather in workers’ homes to sew the parallel rows of ‘Kantha’ running stitch embroidery.

5. Delhi: The layered and embroidered fabric returns to the studio for inspection.

6. West Bengal: The ‘Shisha’ mirrors are embroidered with hand-guided machines in this eastern Indian state.

7. Delhi: The completed fabric returns to the studio to be cleaned, ironed, packed and shipped to Pollack.

 


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TAGS:  Deity, Jaipur collection, India, shisha, kantha
 
 
Meet Mia!
 
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Tuesday July 08, 2014
POSTED BY: Alexandra Bruno, Marketing Department
 

 

Name: Mia White

Hometown: Westchester, NY

University: RISD

Studying: Textiles

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Hobbies  |  Studying languages, writing, singing, traveling

Why POLLACK  |  I have a great deal to learn, and POLLACK is the ideal environment in which to do it. Every day here is equal parts inspiring and humbling.

Impressions of NYC  |  I grew up just two local stops away on the Metro-North red line. I’d been exposed to the city’s charms (and desensitized to it’s nuisances) at an early age.

Favorite design style  |   I would say that in general I hold particular appreciation for designs that are strong (a punch of pattern or color or texture, or any composite thereof) but still retain small moments of intimacy, details that entice and linger after the initial impression.

How will your internship affect your coursework  |   POLLACK is providing me not only with an entirely refitted arsenal of textile-related possibilities, but also with the opportunity to adopt a more conscious outlook on my work and my work ethic. I feel that at such an early stage in my career as an artist it is all too easy to lose perspective, to become overly introspective to the point of self-absorption, and so I am grateful to be able to expand on my viewpoint panoramically.

Favorite POLLACK fabrics  |   Hmong Check, Pucker Up, Reverb

 

      

 


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TAGS:  Intern, Mia, Design, Textiles, RISD
 
 
Snaps From ICFF 2014: Part II
 
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Thursday May 22, 2014
POSTED BY: Alexandra Bruno, Marketing Department
 

More from our visit to this year's fair

 


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TAGS:  icff, jacob k javits center, pollack, furniture
 
 
Snaps From ICFF 2014: Part I
 
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Tuesday May 20, 2014
POSTED BY: Alexandra Bruno, Marketing Department
 

Some snap shots from the always incredible ICFF!

Nathan Craven!

 


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TAGS:  icff, jacob k javits center, pollack, furniture
 

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