I often talk about Instagram as being an amazing platform for discovering designer-makers and gaining an insight into their creative processes. This absolutely rings true of my latest find, FAYCE textiles, an incredible company created by former illustrator Kim Rosen in New England. After a decade producing illustrations for clients in editorial, advertising and products she felt drawn to the world of textile design and boldly took the plunge launching her own collection. I instantly fell in love with ‘RELIC’, which draws inspiration from architectural artifacts, formations in nature and elements of vintage textiles. There was something about seeing the use of contemporary geometric lines come to life in a traditional form of needle work that grabbed my attention and got me imagining how utterly perfect they’d look on my sofa. I can never have enough cushions.
I love the combination of the muted grey and monochrome with pops of bright yellow, pink and teal. Kim achieves her striking designs using a combination of hand drawn and digital techniques before embroidering onto 100% linen, transforming them into cushions and wall hangings. There’s something quite raw, almost Native American about them, don’t you think?
“My love of patterns and textiles runs deep. Since my days at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where I studied Advertising Design, I was surrounded by amazing textile designers and I learned to incorporate the main elements and principles of Design into all my artistic endeavours. Whether working in graphic design, illustration or textile design- line, composition, colour, texture and shape are always constant. This new Embroidered line combines these design elements that I love. I looked to vintage textiles, architecture, family heirlooms and nature for inspiration and the hand drawn embroidered designs were a natural and instinctual addition to the FAYCE brand.” – Kim Rosen.
Kim’s work is inspiring me to bust out my needles and flosses and start embroidering again. Could be a new trend alongside woven wall hangings?