Sarah Laskow and I met our second semester at RISD. I knew after our first conversation in drawing class that we would be friends, and over ten years later she is still one of my closest friends. Not only is she an amazing friend, Sarah is extremely talented and has impressed me with her talents from our time at RISD to her career now. She is a talented embellishment designer who has designed for Alice + Olivia, Donna Karan Collection, DVF, Marchesa, Anna Sui, and Elie Tahari just to name a few! At a previous job we had worked together on embellishment and fabric manipulation for home, and so it seemed only natural for us to work on a collaboration together again.
Up until very recently, my line has been exclusively dyed or printed fabrics. I’ve been itching to explore new techniques for a while now, but all of this takes time. Our first woven fabrics launched this fall with our throws and pillows, and we have new woven fabric yardage launching soon. Embroidery is a technique I love and so to break into this new category I asked Sarah if she would be up for a collaboration in addition to helping me with development for styles that would be produced in India (more on that later!).
One of the benefits of working a good friend is that they know your taste. We started with a color palette as a loose framework for the project. Sarah began by creating some small development swatches to start our conversation. I then gave her some of our fabrics and feedback on what I was most interested in. I wanted to incorporate our prints in addition to the embroidery to bring more dimension. Sarah worked on these new swatches and then I created drawings of the pillow fronts based on the techniques she developed.
From there we went straight into creating each of these beautiful, one of a kind designs. Sarah uses a water soluble pen to layout the embroidery pattern by hand. Then the unfinished pillow cover is stretched over a plastic embroidery hoop. Each embroidery pattern was stitched completely by hand and took between 10-20 hours. Once the piece is finished it is rinsed and dried before being pressed and sewn with our sewers here in Brooklyn.
These pillows are modern heirlooms, and I know they'll go quickly so be sure to head on over to our shop tomorrow.