Tuesday, March 6, 2018

How it's Made: The Magical Minimalism of Argaman & Defiance Textiles

Lydia Crespo in her Argaman & Defiance Studio

Discover magic in minimal design. Our mesmerizing, monochrome Silk Speckle Shawls from Argaman & Defiance are the perfect transition pieces. Super sophisticated and very versatile, they are handmade of 100% silk right here in Chicago.  In this edition of "How it's Made," we visit the studio of School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumna Lydia Crespo to learn about her process and intriguing inspiration.

It all began with a trip to the planetarium. A projection of a starry sky was inverted such that the stars turned black against a white sky, and visions of surface design danced in Lydia's head. The following weekend entailed a trip to the farmer's market where the artist observed a similar pattern on speckled eggs. It conjured organized chaos destined for realization fabric form. 

Organic ingredients are the perfect potion for putting her designs on textiles. Natural dyes responsibly collected from onion skins, tree bark, roots and leaves are applied to silk then screen printed, using techniques Lydia learned at the School of the Art Institue.

 Once peppered with paint, the fabric is cut and sewn by hand.  Caution: the results will leave you a little star-struck.

This spring, be enchanting!  Cast a sartorial spell with a shawl that is simultaneously organic and cosmic. Less is more with the magical minimalism of our Silk Speckle Shawls.  


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