Hey Kate - can you tell us about Evens and what sort of things you'll be bringing to Feliz this year?
Evens is a project that I have been working on for about two years now. It is a project that I created for myself to maintain parameters in my practice. I am a pretty impatient person inherently, and this was a way for me to stick with a mission and see it grow. Our main intention is to find a balance in textile production. We practice all sorts of production methods from hand dyeing to screen and block printing to digital printing because each process has not only its own environmental pros and cons, but also its own unique visual qualities. Then, we make them into clothes! I'm really excited to be bringing some new hand dyed cuts and shapes, and also some new leather bags and backpacks. Some are really minimal vegetable tanned leather, and others are hand painted.
What are some major inspirations for your work?
I pretty consistently find inspiration in my every day activities. Walks, stories from others, reading, thinking, newness. I like the element of surprise that certain shapes, forms or ideas can take on when they are isolated from their usual context.
Tell us about the kinds of materials you use and which one is your favorite?
My favorite material is hands down washed silk. I've done some experimenting with washing silk with different corrosive agents like pumice and sand, and am excited to try more. It takes on a suede like hand once its been washed, which is probably my second favorite material. I also love plant based fibers like linen. The idea that a textile can come from a plant growing in my backyard is pretty mind blowing. We always work with natural fibers.
Has being a clothing designer and maker changed the way you buy clothes out in the real world?
Yes: I have nearly entirely stopped buying things! Now that I understand the production cycle, industrial processes, finishes, and markup, I always just think to myself: Oh, I can do that. And I can do it in an honest and ethical way. Its like growing your own vegetables or something.