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Spring 2017: On The Fringe

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Wednesday February 22, 2017
POSTED BY: Maryanne Solensky

Inspired by couture fashion, where more is never enough, On the Fringe (shown above) combines a hand-woven ground embellished with machine embroidery and appliquéd strips of hand-woven linen, fringed in two alternating colors.  Yarn, stitch, surface, luster, dimension and movement all play their part in crafting the exuberant animation of this extraordinary design.

Several new designs join our sophisticated Pure line:  from the top, a fragile hairline of linen casts its net of diamonds over the fine, burnished surface of Faceted Silk.  In Color Field, color shifts along the length of a chic, chunky bouclé yarn.  To maximize this texture, it sits on the surface of a canvas-like ground, cinched down by pairs of warp ends.  In Check Please, simplicity speaks with eloquent restraint as a refined, heathered bouclé yarn weaves in a 2x2 basketweave.  Three colors create vertical and horizontal bands that overlap in fields of tweedy color, forming a striking large scale check.  Wool at its most basic and its most beautiful has made Double Faced Wool a Pure essential.  With this collection, several new color-pairings of this reversible flannel expand the colorline.  Tailored Wool, a coordinate to Check Please, stands out for its rustic yet refined appeal. Scattering flecks of color over the surface, the heathered yarns reframe the notion of a solid pattern as an earthy and nuanced option.

We are excited to introduce a suite of five Indoor + Outdoor fabrics designed in collaboration with the British design studio, A Rum Fellow, where partners Caroline Lindsell and Dylan O’Shea celebrate the heritage of Mayan craft techniques in their hand-woven textiles.  Our fabrics share the vibrant colors and graphics of these traditional designs, while infusing them with the durability and versatility that our modern lifestyle calls for.

This photo features two designs woven with Sunbrella Contract yarns.  Tacana, on the left, is carved into a lavish, color-saturated mosaic, richly patterned with a complex play of weaves and angular shapes.  Its coordinate, Amaya, is defined by strong horizontal bands, densely filled with geometric forms.

Etiquette, top left, is a riff on a traditional houndstooth design.   A satin weave and the extremely fine, high-density nylon warp craft its reflective surface.  Cat’s Meow weighs in with the requisite amount of feline style, drama and mystique.  Hand-drawn and abstracted, the iconic leopard spots are polished with two earthy colors of viscose pile, raised above a voided cotton striae ground.  The glamorous Modern Dance poses a slick, burnished ground against bold, angled blocks of heavy viscose chenille that weave in a widely-spaced checkerboard.  Off the Grid is a modernist textile design that paints, cell by cell, an exciting linear canvas of pure, saturated color. Impeccable tailoring and crisp graphics describe Riveting.  Its understated, softly heathered cotton ground fields a grid of pristine squares, mapped out by lustrous circles of a heavy polyester yarn.

In Shape Up, architectural precision defines the angular forms of a minimalist design.  A world of geometric shapes is drawn as a fine line of filament polyester etches the cotton ground.

Coastline, at left, is patterned with finely stratified lines, meandering and soft-edged, that stream across its double-width.  With an effortless grace, this window fabric offers a translucent veil of gently combed color. Precise embroidery stitches fill in opaque triangles on Tri Out’s sheer double-width ground.  Changing direction every other row, the angular motifs, as dimensional as cut-outs, are aligned within a rigid grid to form a luminous geometric screen.  Thin, crinkled ribbons stripe Ticker Tape Parade, creating a checkerboard design as they flow from straight lines into lengths of pinched lozenges.  Produced by a couture mill in Italy, the fabric’s cotton and polyester yarns weave through a much finer nylon warp, with the contrast of the yarn sizes creating the gently rippled surface.

Celebrating the art of weaving, Bundles of Joy demonstrates the intricate beauty that an inspired combination of yarn and structure can produce.  Two layers of fabric weave and interlock to create a textured, detailed checkerboard that indulges in the pure materiality of several gutsy yarns.

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TAGS:  pollack, spring 2017 collection, on the fringe, faceted silk, check please, double faced wool, tailored wool, amaya, tacana, etiquette, cats meow, modern dance, off the grid, riveting, shape up, coastline, tri out, ticker tape parade, bundles of Joy

 

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