photography by Tara Donne
Here are the silk tank top and sundress that Helen and I collaborated on, modeled by the two of us. Let me explain a little bit about our process. First I gave Helen inspiration images and color swatches over the course of several design meetings. After painting a few textile designs and discussing with me, she narrowed it down and scanned her choice into the computer. Using Photoshop, she created a repeat and changed the color palette to a beautiful cerulean blue color with tiny pops of hot pink and neon yellow and orange. We worked together on sourcing a company that could digitally print on our own silk crepe de chine fabric, and we found a printer here in the U.S. Helen took care of the textile production side of things with her team at Woking Girl Designs while Wiksten took care of the garment design, patternmaking, cutting, and sewing. Our end product is two garment designs that are totally easy, light as air, and joyous. Perfect for a cheerful summer!
I'm in love with these colors because they're just so fun. Of course there's the requisite Wiksten blue, but I'm so used to using muted colors that I wanted to do something a little brighter for a change. The print looks floral from a distance, but up close it's an abstract painting.