Mixed Materials

Mixed Materials

Published on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. This article appears in the February/March 2016 issue of American Craft Magazine.
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Esque Studio Degrade Pitchers

Esque Studio, Dégradé pitchers; Photo: Courtesy of Esque Studio

Amira Marion
For her textile collection Archive New York, Amira Marion often collaborates with Guatemalan weaving collectives to reinterpret traditional motifs. The Brooklyn artist is also archiving vintage designs, creating digital patterns from old fabric samples and photos, then printing the designs on silk. 

Golden Pony Workshop
Before becominga jewelry designer, Elizabeth Prost was a recent fashion graduate learning the ropes at a small San Francisco footwear company. There, she began braiding and twisting leather and horsehair remnants left at the studio, an experiment that yielded an entire jewelry line, the aptly titled Golden Pony Workshop.

Esque Studio
What sets apart Andi Kovel and Justin Parker isn’t just their mastery of glass. For years, the duo, working together as Esque Studio in Portland, Oregon, has enjoyed breaking rules and questioning traditional notions of craft. These Dégradé pitchers showcase their playful attitude.

Graypants
Turning trash to treasure is something Seth Grizzle and Jonathan Junker know well. In 2007, the pair, who founded Seattle design studio Graypants, introduced Scraplights, made of recycled corrugated cardboard. Those material origins are at the heart of the new Kerflight lamps, which pair recycled cardboard with powder-coated steel.

Leslie Webb
In the hands of furniture designer-maker Leslie Webb, who works near Austin, Texas, simple shapes often serve as the basis for complex visual statements. Webb’s Natasha occasional table embraces the sensuality of a spiral.