White is a curiosity, defined as the reflection of all colors yet having the distinction of none. It is both complete and empty. Informed by my Korean heritage, I design in all white to express simplicity and subtlety. Working in monochrome quiets the larger details and allows nuances to step forward, making more legible variances in tone and shade. Much is hidden in plain sight, discovered only when one learns to see. I use white fabrics to evoke lightness, and to inspire moments of dreaming.
In this collection, shifting waves of white give way to prints and patterns. Hand drawn illustrations by artist Ed Tsuwaki become impromptu textile prints, bringing an element of levity and play. Graduating stripes and checks in white and blue were inspired by vintage Japanese weave samplers shared with us by our friend, Mr. Morita. A way for weavers to freely experiment, they show the progression of new ideas – stripes to checks, light to dark, and the interesting spaces in between.
header photo: Linda Connor
background inspiration: Ed Tsuwaki