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Industry Spotlight: Katey Crews

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Monday June 27, 2011
POSTED BY: Alyssa Reeder

Earlier this month, Rachel Doriss visted the RISD grad show. She gave us three of her favorite designers from the show--one of which was Katey Crews. Rachel caught up with Katey recently, and she explained the inspiration behind her samples:"My area of interest for designing this semester was thinking about political campaigns as inspiration--not promoting any one ideology, but capturing the general Americana feeling of a campaign. I had the idea to take the campaign and bring it into the home.There were the two groups of samples, the colored ones with the knit tubes and the black and cream ones with the screen printed felt. The black and cream felt samples were based on a log cabin motif. So the screen printed patterns were loose abstractions of a bark pattern. The reason they are in the rounded tube shape is again to reference the log cabin, and also because I was imagining a chair engineered from woven layers.The colored samples with knit tubes were based on the idea of the theatrical exuberance of the campaign. I used the knit tubes for 2 reasons: one was functionality, envisioning that you could weave the fabric with enough padding that it could work as cushioned upholstery. The second reason for the knits was that the knit tubes are such an excessive weft, that the fabric takes on this kind of absurd cartoonish feeling which reinforces the idea of the absurdity of the campaign. So I guess these fabrics are kind between fine art and a functional piece."

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