Hello Nelson Project! Can you give us a quick rundown of who you are, what you do and what' you'll be bringing to Feliz?
Hello! We are sisters Hilary and Trilby Nelson. Hilary is a painter working on her MFA at the University of Iowa and Trilby is an environment designer living in Austin. Nelson Project is a way for us to work together. Our work is often inspired by shared childhood memories and a sense of common place.
For the Feliz sale we'll be bringing our collection of handmade denim shirts and dresses, hand painted denim quilts, and a new collection of wall hangings that we'll be releasing this month.
How long have you been making clothes/quilts in Austin?
We launched our website and online shop last December. But, we've been working together for a couple of years now. We visit each other whenever we can to work on new projects. Sometimes just for the fun of making something, sometimes with a product in mind.
Where did you get the inspiration for your animal print tee? The drawings are wonderful!
Thank you! We were inspired by the carved wooden animals found in New Mexican folk art. New Mexico is a place we love and often look to for inspiration.
Having the word "project" in your name suggests that your work could span clothing, quilts.... what else? Would you ever like to work in other mediums
Yes! Nelson Project is a creative collaboration that we want to take in many different directions. We're excited for installation, print, and more video projects in the future. We definitely want to make Nelson Project a place in which we can explore and try new ideas in mediums sometimes different than our own work.
What's your favorite thing about living and working in Texas?
Right now we're split between Texas and Iowa which has its advantages. We get to use both places as backdrops to our projects. We had so much fun making our Help Me Out Here Jack video in Austin and shooting all over the city. We like the colors and materials of the architecture here and the wide mix of plants from agaves to tropical palms. And as far as living in Texas goes, spring fed swimming holes are at the top of the list.