Last year I decided I wanted to develop a conversation amongst the talented craftspeople I have encountered throughout my travels and experience, rather than develop isolated capsules of craftsmanship within a collection. As an ongoing experiment I want to work closely with artisans to interpret an original graphic element or image using their craft. I am calling this process Conversations In Craft.
I began the journey with a team of hand and machine knitters in Lima, Peru, who will be producing part of my September 2014 Capsule. They received a knit swatch which they developed using local alpaca yarns and their own production methods (ie. a handloom knitting machine). An image of that swatch was then sent to the talented ladies at Taller NU in Mexico City who reinterpreted it using their own technique of cross-stitching on leather, working with incarcerated women paid fairly for their labour. Once we were happy with the results we used them for our shoe collaboration, also launching in FW14.
Next up? Weavers!