The opportunity awaits you—
WOVNS has announced the upcoming Beta launch of an innovative new platform that empowers everyone to produce their own woven fabric.
This unique company was founded by sisters, Dena and Chelsea Molnar. Each sister contributes their individual perspectives and distinct design experience to the firm’s design and technology focus. With backgrounds in both the textiles and architecture industries, the two women have merged their knowledge of the built environment, interiors market, and fabrication of textiles with the development of this new technology.
“The WOVNS platform is transformational for the textiles field” says Dena Molnar, “WOVNS is scalable. It gives designers access to the means of production for small or large runs of fabric with a fast turn-around. This is especially important should a designer want to prototype a fabric before finalizing their design and initiating a larger production run.”
The WOVNS platform features a range of color palettes and qualities for designers to work with while designing their Jacquard fabrics. The palettes are downloadable for easy incorporation into a user’s digital design file. WOVNS also offers physical sample blankets corresponding to the digital palettes, so one can see the look and feel of the weaves they are working with while designing. Once a design is finalized and uploaded to the WOVNS website, it’s aggregated with other users’ designs for efficient production, while allowing individual customers to order as little as one yard of fabric. The unique system was especially created to open up access for designers and businesses seeking to develop their own fabrics. “We are interested in fostering growth for the platform’s users” says Dena, “and are working to build a company that is an excellent resource for the design community.”
The WOVNS website offers tutorials to help those new to textile design and the founders run workshops at design and technology programs around the country. The company has also introduced the WOVNS Collection, a curated fabric collection featuring up and coming designers using the platform.
WOVNS is currently running a Kickstarter campaign. If you're interested in helping fund this wonderful new opportunity open to surface pattern designers, jump on it quick. The campaign ends this Monday.
We at the SPDG are also excited to announce that Dena Molnar will be speaking at our Guild meeting on August 11th, 2016 and will be giving us a first hand look at how the WOVNS process works.
If you are a Surface Pattern Designer, Graphic Designer, Fashion Designer or all around color lover your go to color search starts and stops at Pantone. Pantone's standardized color system enables the designer and the manufacturer to perfectly match the color pallette of the printed piece without being in the same location.
The company has been around since the 1950's. It began as a division of M & J Levine Advertising. The ink and printing division was organized and systematized by Lawrence Herbert, who in the 1960's bought the division and renamed it Pantone. Fifty plus years later and Pantone is still the industry leader in color, and it's no wonder. In the age of computer control and machine manufacturing Pantone still sees the value of the human element. Every color is mixed by hand and then tested by a color technician. Take a look at this great video of two color experts at work.
In another exciting first for the Surface Pattern Design Guild, we'll be broadcasting tonight's meeting live. Our members from around the world will be able to join us via the Periscope app. To find out more about how to connect, step over the forums.
We're pleased to announce our next guest, Burt Kallandar of Bradbury & Bradbury Art Wallpapers. At our next meeting Mr. Kallander will speak about the history of wallpaper and where it's going now. He'll also speak of the challenges of owning a small design-centric business, and the struggles and solutions that arise along the way. And of course there will be wallpaper samples to admire!
Since their founding in 1979, Bradbury and Bradbury have become THE purveyor of the sort of elaborate "room sets" you might find in a loving restored San Francisco Painted Lady. You may be surprised then to know that Bradbury & Bradbury's line has now extended to include papers suitable for early to mid 20th century eras, from Art Deco, Atomic Age, and The Mod Generation! They've recently added a Japanese inspired collection too.
On a stroll through the internet, while looking for color inspiration I came across a feast for the eyes called Color Collective. Site creator and all around color genius Lauren Wager compiles images of her own and of other artists based solely on color.
In this interview she tells us about her history with color and her career path up until now.
At what age did you decide you were a color lover?
I'm pretty sure that I've been a color lover since the day I was born! During my childhood, color coding played a big role in my organization and planning rituals. Pretty much everything was organized by color! Every Sunday I would set out my outfits for each day of the week and use colored paper to label the clothes "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday...etc". I would have different colored Flintstones vitamins each morning. My rock collection was organized by color (still is!). You could be sure that all of my M&M's would be sorted out by color before I would eat them! Color is such a fun part of childhood, and I've definitely carried that love with me to my adult life as well!
What does a color designer and social media designer do? Did these jobs inspire you to start Color Collective?
I actually started Color Collective before my design years at Bath & Body Works. At the time (in 2009-2010), I was working on freelance pattern designs and found it difficult to come up with fresh, new color palettes for the patterns. I discovered so many inspirational images online from blogs, and began pulling colors from those images to create palettes. I started Color Collective as a design, color & inspirational resource for myself - with the hopes that other creatives would find it helpful as well.
My role as a Color Designer at BBW came a few years later. I worked in the Seasonal Design department researching and presenting trend and color forecasts to develop a design aesthetic for each season. I built color palettes and chose specific Pantone colors for products (i.e. home fragrance accessories, gift bags, sponges), and also consulted the design team on color. After about two years in the Seasonal Design department I moved to the Marketing department on the Social Media team. In this department I worked on design and styling for BBW social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest & Twitter). I worked with the team to conceptualize, prop shop, style, design and retouch images.
Has Color Collective become your full time job now or do you work other jobs on the side?
I left BBW in February 2015 to work on a color/design book based off of Color Collective. The book is scheduled to release this summer! I'm currently wrapping the book up, working on some freelance design on the side, and searching for what is next in my color journey!
We wish Lauren well and can't wait to see what pallets she brings to us next!
The workshop will be part of a new space dedicated to research, experimentation, prototyping, and the exchange of information in the field of textiles and beyond. It will be called Lottozero/Textile Laboratories (www.lottozero.org) and will be a shared space open to local and international designers. Inside the center there will be a workshop with machinery for textile design, and an exhibition space for shows and events, and also an open co-working studio for designers, artists and artisans.
The sisters have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for machinery needed in the laboratory, such as the hand loom, silkscreen printing equipment, and the finishing tools. Of all the various rewards to those who pledge funds to Lottozero, the most notable is a silk twill and silk/modal scarf collection, made in Italy which Arianna and Tessa have produced in an exclusive collaboration with various artists and designers. With a week to go, the campaign is well on it's way to meeting it's $10,846 USD goal.
The trademark design used for this campaign is called -Verde di Prato- and was inspired by the green marble of Prato, used from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. which adorns the facades of monuments in Tuscany unique and recognizable worldwide . Examples include the baptistery of Florence, the church of San Miniato al Monte and, of course, Prato Cathedral. The -Verde di Prato- headscarves celebrate the values of the Tuscan heritage and history by giving them a contemporary twist, inspiring the wearer with confidence and positivity
Other scarves in the collection were created in collaboration with friends of Lottozero: artist and illustrator Anna Deflorian, the Parisian textile designer Coralie Prévert, the co-founder Arianna Moroder, graphic and design Studio Mut from South Tyrol, and the Russian artist and designer Nadia Grechina.
If you would like to contribute the Kickstarter campaign will continue through March 17th (the fundraising closing date.)
Lottozero will open its doors in June 2016 with a group exhibition of international artists who will present different forms of expression, characterized by the presence of the textile element. You can keep up with Lottozero on their Facebook page, or Instagram feed.
It took a year and a half to develop the collection, from the beginning of the design process to the launch of the final product. “When we started, we realized that our organic design style would work well with the hand-block print process,” Sarah says, “but even so, as we designed, we really kept the mechanics of the process in mind.” Their color palette is also well-studied: “The colors fit right in with current home decor trends, and each design stands both individually and enhances the entire group. We have a very mix and match collection for a more daring interior!” says Ruby.
The results are stunning. The marriage of the colorful, graphic designs and the artisanal process make for wallpaper that is bold, organic, and simultaneously modern and traditional.
Check out The First Impression Collection on Sarah & Ruby's website.
Join us at our next meeting where Leslie Terzian Markoff will demo Pointcarré textile software. We first encountered Pointcarré at Surtex, and were intrigued by it's potential. Leslie will demonstrate the software's capabilities to create repeats, colorways, and ability to visualize what the print will look like on different surfaces. This promises to be a fascinating evening.
"For 25 years, Pointcarré Textile Software provides a complete package for Printing, Knitting and Weaving aimed at Fashion, Home Furnishing and Technical Industry."
Today we bring you the second part of our two part article about Bridgeman Studio. (Don't miss Part 1 of this series.) We met manager Lucy Innes Williams at Surtex, and recently added Bridgeman Studio to our Resources page. We invited three Bridgeman Studio artists to give us their thoughts on the following questions.
Q: Tell us how working with Bridgeman Studio has helped you improve your exposure as an artist?
Q: How has the relationship with Bridgeman Studio affected your work with other clients outside of the studio?
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