Jessica Warner is a friend who recently launched a new online textile shop. Given that many of you appreciate creative designs and interesting textures, I figured I’d invite her to introduce the store and highlight some of her favorite pieces.
I would like to introduce you to TWOFOLD, which sounds like it could be a paper company or a maker of wallets but is actually a new online store selling contemporary textiles from international designers. Twofold brings together some of my favorite textile designers, which I’ve discovered over the last several years living in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney and Colorado. While each designer has their own distinctive style, they share the same interest in creating contemporary products using old textile-making techniques.
There is something appealing about folds — a crisp, folded piece of paper containing a message from a friend or a cosy, folded blanket at the end of a bed.
We thought Twofold would appeal to readers of the Quo Vadis blog because the contemporary textiles featured on Twofold — including scarves, bags, cushions and throws — are made with respect for old textile-making traditions.
These are some of our designers:
Holly Berry: Holly learned to weave from renowned UK textile designer, Margo Selby. She creates new designs on her handloom and her wraps and throws are woven at a 250-year old mill in Scotland.
NUNO: NUNO’s innovative fabrics combine traditional Japanese craftsmanship with materials as varied as bamboo, bird feathers, cocoons and stainless steel. The scarves sold on Twofold are made in Kiryu, a city with a long history of textile production.
Kyototo: Kyototo’s Ta-Wa-Ra cushions are made by the same craftspeople that make traditional zabuton cushions for Tenryuji Temple in Arashiyama, Kyoto. It is designed to be used as a neck cushion for an afternoon nap!
Lost City: The elegant mirror scarf from Brooklyn- based Lost City is made in India using a 14th century technique of embroidering mirrors onto fabric using a hooked needle