In which we get handsy with the objects of our obsession.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY ELIO TOLOT STYLED BY ALEXIS WADE
In a world swelling with uneasiness and deep, blue chaos, a turn towards the nautical was just the thing for artist Windy Chien. Each day in 2016, Chien tried her hand tying a different knot. In addition to exploring aesthetic building blocks like form, line and composition, the daily practice was grounding for the SF-based artist. She also got to know the knots, their history and their use in depth. The ones pictured, for instance, are called heaving knots; the objective being a tight bundle to more easily heave off of a ship. It was an exploration of a worldwide and wordless language and, as Chien puts it, “how for any given situation there's a knot that is right while all the others are wrong.” Dune Creature, $80, windychien.com.
We certainly have a soft spot for those times when roving or raw fiber finds itself in a graphic, even linear situation. And who better to translate the curly-cue meandering of goat’s hides than Modern Weaving, the accessories label known for oversized totes with gridded perforations—inspired by ancient basketry techniques—and clanky, minimal brass and ceramic jewelry of Matisse-y cutouts? Curly Goat Clutch, $529, available at Ten Over SIx.
Seriously guys, is there anything wool can’t do? According to newish US- and New Zealand-based sneaker brand All Birds, the answer is firmly: nope. Their running shoes in merino wool are insanely lightweight and good-looking, sure. But because of merino’s superpowers, they’re also naturally odor and moisture resistant, machine washable, warm in the cold, cool in the heat and soft enough to wear sockless (since, you know, they are kind of just socks themselves). Women’s Runners, $95, allbirds.com
We’re pretty into Kristin Amber Morrison’s apron game (see our second issue for even more on that!) and this season, the love affair continues with her Maker’s Apron. Made from heavy duty, indigo-dyed denim and cleverly laced thick cotton rope straps, this little number is perfect for the rolled-up sleeves set (you know, people who make stuff). The apron’s not all ye olde charm, however: That top pocket is just the right dimension to hold your iPhone. After all, if a maker doesn’t post her creation to Instagram, did it really happen? Maker’s Apron, $100, kristinambermorrison.com
Indego Africa is one of those organizations who manages to produce truly covetable goods while also prioritizing serious social impact. Since their launch, the company has managed to bring 89% of their all-women Rwandan and Ghanaian artisans above the poverty line. Plus, profits fund programs that help the women gain new skills, the endgame being financial independence. Eyelash Fringe Catch-All, $125, indegoafrica.org
Dyemaster Audrey Louise Reynolds has packaged her signature color ways—pinks, yellows, ecrus amongst them—into easily mixable, natural dyes. Now you don’t have to hike all the way to her Redhook home studio to get some of her magic. From Audrey, “If we are absorbing the bad properties of dyes into our bloodstream through wearing, well then could we absorb the good properties through wearing things that are beneficial to our health? LETS TRY IT!” To which we say, “Ok, why not?” ALR Pink Dye, $20, alrdyeing.com
One part wall hanging, one part dreamcatcher, L&R Studio’s Headboards are a fresh way to incorporate even more fiber into your decor. The hand-braided and hand-sewn pieces are made from entirely repurposed fabric and feature hidden grommets for invisible hanging. Get ready to start and end your days wondering what that glorious braided fiber cloud is hanging overhead. Head Board 2, $366, landrstudio.com