Today friendly textile designer Seema Krish is inviting us into her colorful studio.
Check out the books. Her collection of art and design tomes is really stellar so I thought it would be fun to start with those. You'll notice an emphasis on titles that deal with Indian textiles; Seema was raised in India and came to the U.S. to study at FIT. (Click the images to read the titles.)
Soon she found herself working for companies including Robert Allen, Richloom, NUNO, and Aid to Artisans, but ultimately she wanted to do something more -- something modern that would incorporate Indian traditions -- and she launched her own lively, much-talked-about collection.
Below is a sneak peek at the beginnings of a new collection scheduled to debut summer 2010. For this group, Seema has been inspired by the art of rangoli, or "kolam," an impermanent form of symbolic rice flour decoration often done on floors. "Here in my studio I have kolam stencils and colored powder that we sift through them to make a pattern," she explains.
Colorful yarns are also used for inspiration.
Other imagery and objects kept close at hand encompass art by the designer's three-year-old daughter, Mira, bins of fabric for reference, old fabric documents, intensely colored lacquered bowls, and an orange scarf that Seema wove when she had a weaving studio in India. She adds, "I'm a weaver by training so the texture of yarn thrills me!"
Click here to view Seema's entire collection and here to read her textile blog.