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From Inspiration To Installation

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Tuesday March 13, 2012
POSTED BY: Alexandra Bruno, Marketing Department

Rachel Doriss says "The most common question our studio is asked is 'where do you get your inspiration?”' That’s a hard question to answer.  It’s not so obvious as a specific object or artistic style – our inspiration comes from everywhere.  It's about a way of seeing the world. Keeping our eyes open, constantly looking and absorbing. Inspiration is how a seed of something gets lodged in your brain and then comes out uniquely transformed into an original idea. You may not even be aware of where the idea originated from. It’s a combination of what you see on the outside and what you already have on the inside."

That said, it really is amazing when we get to see how our designers work on a fabric from the first "seed" as Rachel puts it, to a final interior project. In this case, the seed of our very popular fabric, Hmong Plush comes from the laboriously handworked skirts of women of the Hmong tribe in Southeast Asia.

The POLLACK studio found this skirt in the archives at RISD.  It is made up of yards and yards of fabric - 9 yards of material to be exact - cinched at the waist into tiny pleats.



Rachel said that truthfully, they didn’t know how they wanted to approach this garment at first; there was so much going on. However, they decided to focus on one of the smallest details - the incredibly delicate batik pattern hidden inside the folds (seen above).  The pattern is tiny - the area seen above is only about 3” wide. "If we wanted to create a print, it would have been easy to just scan it and print it. But as woven designers, we wanted to make a very different fabric from the original document." Below are some of the studio's original sketches.



And here is a photo Rachel took at the mill in Belgium.  The fabric was ultimately interpreted in a radically different scale and quality. It is a voided velvet - very much transformed from the original tiny batik.  



To see the fabric come out of the loom is amazing; however, the real effect is created once a fabric is actually used in a beautiful installation... 

Such as at the Tamarind Tribeca here in New York...


 Or a private residence in Dallas ...


And very recently, inside the restaurant The Butcher and the Boar of Minneapolis (designed by Shea Architects), which is opening this weekend!


TAGS:  Hmong Plush, Rachel Doriss, Butcher & the Boar, Tamarind Tribeca, Hmong tribe, skirt, Southeast Asia,


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