It has been incredibly rewarding sharing the beauty of artisans work while supporting them in preserving remnants of their culture. After I opened the New Crop Shop, I realized how intimidating it is to put yourself out there. I can only imagine if these were made by my own hands and I had spent weeks on just one large textile, how personal and passionate I would be about each and every piece. The best part about visiting these artisans every few days is to see their excitement when they present to me a new creation, a new color combo, or a new pattern they decided to try. I realized how amazing it is for them to still keep their independence when it comes to their artwork. Many creatives find themselves working for a company at least once in their lives, and are dictated in how their art should look, or the color guidelines to follow which later leads to feeling choked creatively. Even when it comes to graphic designers who work in-house, find their release and exploration of creativity through their personal projects. So I’m excited to place these personal projects of artisans, in their own vision on the shop. I absolutely back creative independence and excited to see how their designs, colors, and patterns evolve or preserve through their work.
These specific textiles were created by artisans in the Hmong tribe. Best known for their culture, craftsmanship and a vision for patterns passed down from one generation to the next. Their dying techniques and hand stitched patterns are long and meticulous processes which can take weeks up to months, but well worth the end result!