FIBER WEARABLES – Wrap Yourself in Contemporary Crafts of Custom Designs

(Above: from collection by Janice Kissinger)

Fiber wearables are highly popular at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. So much so, there is an entire fashion show centered around this category. Beautiful, colorful, striking, and utilitarian, fiber wearables continue to impress Show attendees, as the artist/designers continue to innovate and create in fabric, textures, and shapes.

Lynn & K Meta Reintsema

Malta, NY

Our designs begin with the careful selection of beautiful natural fibers including silk, linen, wools, & cashmeres. We manipulate, hand dye, piece and sew to create an architectural yet elegant collection. The dimensional stitching, and unexpected seam lines are characteristic of our work, which fashions a stunning mix of modern and classic. Every garment is personally made with attention to details.

Heidi Paul

Stinson Beach, CA

I am a textile artist who redesigns reclaimed cashmere. I rework each piece via addition and subtraction, reversing, stitching, shibori dyeing, piecing, felting, and silk screening to create an original, contemporary, one of a kind wearable.

Ping Wu

San Rafael, CA

This Italian/French trained fashion designer with a doctoral degree in Physical Rehabilitation graduated from the top fashion design school, Istituto Marangoni, Milan, in Italy. She interned with Luisa Beccaria in Milan and with BLESS in Paris. She marries modern designs with traditional hand knitting and tailoring techniques, using luxury natural fibers to create multi-functional transformable unisex accessories with unusual inspirational silhouettes for the entire family to enjoy.

Pamela Whitlock

Freedom, WY

I create pieces that have both the practical function of providing warmth to the wearer, as well as the aesthetic value of enhancing the beauty of everyday life. My influences were my mother, an avid knitter, and Jack Lenor Larsen, whose wonderful fabrics covered the furniture in my childhood home. I focus on the multi-harness weaving technique called shadow weave. I employ bamboo yarn for its durability, its crisp visual effect, and its silky-soft hand.

Kim Schalk

Alexandria, VA

I am inspired by nature, by math, and vintage garments (thank you suffragettes and Dior). But my true voice is that of a tomboy who loved to play with bugs. In 10th grade I watched My Fair Lady and was forever changed. While designing I ponder, can a woman be both strong and feminine? This question is a persistent conflict in my design. Even the materials convey duality: soft terry knits folded into architectural shapes or diaphanous silks merged with stiff cotton. I use technique, material, and aesthetic to speak for me.

Ignatius Creegan & Rod Givens

Petersburg, VA

Braided wheat straw is blended with colored synthetic straw to create a hat body that is assembled and finished with wire and ribbon belting. Hats are blocked on original or antique hat blocks, then finished with milliner made novelties.

K. Riley

Havertown, PA

My training and specialties are in textile and apparel design, illustration, and costume history. The botanical and insect inspired collection is linoleum block printed. I design, illustrate and painstakingly hand carve each linoleum block, carving up to five blocks for an individual garment printing. Each garment section is printed before construction. My silhouettes are drawn from my historical costume studies. I translate shapes and details from the past, adding a contemporary twist.

Margo Petitti

Fall River, MA

I draw inspiration for my scarf designs primarily from the fabrics that I use. All of the wool and cashmere sourced from the finest mills in Italy and England and everything is constructed in Fall River, MA. By mixing and matching the men's suiting fabrics I create patterns and patchwork scarves that are limited edition or one of a kind works of art. All of the fabric spreading, cutting and sorting is meticulously done by hand.

Gina Pannorfi

Chicago, IL

I employ techniques grounded in ancient tradition, and use them to design and create unique textiles that embody both painting and sculpture. I begin when I layer together hand cut, hand dyed silk with merino wool. Further applications of hand sewing and embellishment are also incorporated into my process. The result is a textile that is luxurious and one of a kind.

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