Name: Céline Thibault
Product: Apparel & Home Goods
Location: Austin, TX
Astrological sign: Aquarius, water baby :)
What you had for breakfast: Scrambled eggs with dill, arugula and chevre on pumpernickel toast
This is your first Feliz, can you tell us a little about Moon, it's beginnings and what you'll be bringing with you on November 15th?
I designed vintage-inspired women's wear for Zachary's Smile in NYC under Designer Jenni Nelson. I was lucky to land there because the team was small and pushed my style, abilities and perspectives on work. I was also able to work across the entire flow of design, pattern, sampling and production. I left NYC and held tight to the idea of cultivating a similar studio space with artisan friends–hasn't happened yet but a woman can dream!
I took off to Oaxaca a year and a half ago to learn to dye textiles with artist Beto Ruiz. My residency was a month long and when I returned to Austin I began to teach dye workshops. Natural dyes are a great way to introduce people to slow fashion and better fashion production. Integrating dyeing into my own practice has opened up conversations among peers and continues to enrich my process. We are all learning as we go and attempting to make full use of our tools.
I established MOON last year in California. I'd been making samples here and there but it was not a focus. One night I sat on an ocean ridge near Stinson Beach sharing a bottle of champagne with friends under a full moon and a wave of ideas sort of rushed over me. The next day I sat at my desk and fleshed out MOON.
MOON is my space for exploration in form, textiles and dyes. I'm inspired by the natural world which I can only aspire to replicate. I also love romantic films and movement, dance. My favorite items in my closet are the ones that swish when I walk and evoke a feeling of play and joy. I'm bringing hand dyed skirts, tops and scarves to Feliz in addition to hand dyed everyday blankets, pillow cases and stationery.
What are you expecting/looking forward to most about the sale?
Setting up shop with friends in the Austin artisan community and meeting people is high on the list. We are all very busy and I appreciate the moments when we're rooted in a place for a few hours so we can meet, share, talk and feel the connection in our work. I'm excited to see women try on MOON skirts and tops and watch them swirl around the room.
Do you have your own strategies for holiday shopping?
I always begin holiday lists with loads of things I want to buy friends & family then realize I have sweet handmade gifts to send from my studio shelf. One gift I've been trying to make for years is cognac-soaked cherries. My aunt and uncle kept a jar of griottes à l'eau-de-vie at home in St. Alban de Roche. It's a very unique gift and wonderful to share with guests.
You have a lot of events coming up! Tell us what you enjoy most about doing workshops.
I do have a couple of workshops this fall–I taught a dye workshop at Friends & Neighbors yesterday. We walked through harvesting, preparing and dyeing with plants and insects and each person took home a set of natural dyed pillow cases.
My next workshop takes place next weekend on 10/18 at Miranda Bennett Studio. Miranda and I both love cochineal, the tiny insect whose carminic red color has been exciting people for thousands of years. I'm teaching Cochineal Dyeing with an emphasis on resist dye techniques and color modifiers. Attendees have the option to dye a bandana and a Miranda Bennett top.
The best part about workshops is empowering people to explore the natural world at their doorstep and imagining ways to incorporate its beauty into their everyday lives. I also love partnering with other artisans like Miranda Bennett.
2, 3, 4 Candy Mountain Collective
5 Daniel Dent
1, 6 Claudia Miranda