Last night, art and fashion shook hands in celebration of a stunning collection of handmade quilts, curated and produced by a small, innovative fashion company in downtown New York.
Glasses were clinking last night at an opening at start-up fashion label JF & Son's store in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood, where a very special line of handmade quilts was unveiled by Vienna-born, New York based artist Ulrike Mueller. As part of a series called MFT (My Favorite Things) curated by Travis Boyer, Muller was handed a myriad of resources by JF & Son to create a line of handmade quilts based on a series of works on paper titled 99 (2008). In this collaboration, aptly titled Quilts of 99, Mueller recreates her small-format colored pencil drawings in heavily saturated, chromatic textile pieces centered around asymmetrical thought bubbles. Color-fiends will hanker for any one of the five, brilliant color combinations (available for $450) to display as welcomed additions to the bed or vibrant hanging tapestries.
The partnership between artist and retailer was made possible through JF & Son, which prides itself on being able to explore different avenues of design through a unique small business model in which they control everything from the production in their factories abroad to the sales in their storefront on Kenmare and Elizabeth streets.
With a small line of throws and pillows available on their website www.jfandson.com, I'll definitely be keeping an eye on the home line of this young, textile-centric fashion label, and hope to see more inspired collaborations like this from JF & Son down the line.
For more info on the collection or to purchase a quilt, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images courtesy of JF & Son