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Designer Off Duty: Rachel Doriss
 
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Thursday June 16, 2011
POSTED BY: Alyssa Reeder, Marketing Department
 

Rachel Doriss visited the RISD grad student show at the New York Design Center in the First Dibs showroom. Of all the amazing work at the exhibition, there were three student designers in particular, who caught her eye: Verdrana Hrsak, Malik Eric Wagenseil, and Katey Crews.

-Providence: Ruin and Restoration by Vedrana Hrsak, Jacquard woven: cotton, rayon, wool

" I really loved Vedrana’s garments in the show. There was a mix of knit and woven within the same garment and a digitally printed dress. Her inspiration was the city of Providence. You can see in the digital print, it is a mix of band posters that are ripped and deteriorating. Her pieces were tailored and paid great attention to the construction of the fabrics and how they work on the body. I went to school with Vedrana (undergrad at RISD). She was in sculpture then. She makes beautiful work and is also a wonderful person."

-Between the Wars by Malik Eric Wagenseil, Screen-print on Dyed Silk

"I thought Malik’s work was beautiful. I especially love the digital water print on what I believe is metallic Tyvek. It reflected the light beautifully. Being from Cape Cod, I have a soft spot for water images."

-Pompous Patriotics by Katey Crews, 24- Harness Compu-Dob Loom; Various Materials

"I met Katey at the Pollack studio a few months ago. She attended a RISD field trip to NY and they visited the Pollack studio. She is a first year grad student. I loved her woven samples. In some of the samples, she knit her own yarns and then wove them. I love how exuberant they are and that she really focused on the materials. They incorporate pattern, but the pattern and the dimension of the surface are equally important. Not sure what end use (or lack of end use) she intends for these surfaces, but they are very cool nevertheless. Lastly here is one of her Patriotic prints."

-Rachel


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Designer Off Duty: Rachel Doriss
 
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Wednesday June 08, 2011
POSTED BY: Alyssa Reeder, Marketing Department
 

Even when our designers are off-duty, they are often still immersing themselves in the industry of art and design. We're letting them tell you themselves about their weekend excursions, museum trips and their general creative musings during off-hours. First up, Rachel at Cooper Hewitt.

This past weekend I went to the Cooper Hewitt to see the show Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay.The show is featuring her fashion and textile designs from the 20’s and 30’s. I was really inspired by her use of color. It is hard to believe some of the designs and color combinations were created so long ago because they really look contemporary. I also love the use of geometry that she used in her garments and how the patterns relate to the shape of the body. It is impressive to see how prolific she was and to realize that everything was created and painted by hand. The amount of focus and diligence to get the colors and patterns just right is an inspiration. - Rachel


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Designer Off Duty: Jenia Myagkov
 
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Tuesday March 29, 2011
POSTED BY: Jenia Myagkov, Designer
 

Last Saturday I went to a great quilt show at the Park Avenue Armory. The installation had hundreds of red and white handmade quilts that came from the collection of one person. It was very interesting to learn the history behind the quilts, but I also could not help wondering how many years of meticulous hand work were present in this exhibition. My rough calculation was half a century! The quilts were all 100% cotton, and because of their dense stitching and repeated washings, many had a lot of pucker. This all-over effect reminded me of a really great matelasse fabric we have been working on, that hopefully will be incorporated into the next collection. Even though matelasse constructions are woven (not sewn like quilts), the overall look is very similar to quilting. -Jenia

 


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Tiki In San Francisco
 
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Monday February 07, 2011
POSTED BY: Rachel Doriss, Associate Design Director
 

Susan Sullivan and I were in San Francisco for the San Francisco Design Center's winter market. We walked past the Tufenkian showroom and spied this rug in the entryway. It  was inspired by our fabric Tiki. We worked on a project with Tufenkian to develop some of our fabrics into rug designs. Although I have seen this rug before, it was a thrill to stumble upon it in use and to see it interpreted in a radically different scale and quality. Here is Susan happily posing for me. -Rachel


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Mod In Brooklyn
 
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Thursday January 20, 2011
POSTED BY: Rachel Doriss, Associate Design Director
 

A couple weeks ago I visited the Brooklyn Flea at the indoor location near where I live. I did a double take when I saw these pillows for sale - the leaf design is our fabric Mod. It is always a thrill stumbling upon a POLLACK fabric somewhere out in the world. I always wonder where the fabric ends up; in this case, it was right in my backyard. -Rachel


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