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transitions...

2013 has been a year rife with transition... i have recently left a career in fashion in order to fucus full time on our creative endeavors at materia designs; new furniture, lighting and interiors projects are under way, and we have exciting new retail partners coming to fruition in 2014... we are very thankful for everything that has led us to this point, and the opportunities we are faced with... the pursuit of creativity is king, and i'm grateful to be able to move forward leading my own way...

Materia Designs at The Factory Floor Brooklyn

The Factory Floor

Join Materia Designs this coming weekend at The Factory Floor, a new Pop Up Makers Market and Furniture Trade Show at Industry City in south brooklyn... Shop some of our small household items, as well as see items from our new lighting collection and children's line... Hope to see you there! M&M

new collaborations; pergamena leather tannery...

the final product; richly colored goat and calf skins...

 

soft calfskins awaiting their final dye...

 

raw skins get sorted and stacked prior to the dying process...

 

large machines used for vegetable tanning...

 

all the timeworn machines have a lovely patina that speaks to the company's heritage...

 

this gorgeous machine, built in the 1920's, has many little fingers which slide along a tanned hide to determine it's square footage...

 

leather feeds between these appendages to be measured...

 

outside, cast off objects from the pergamena workshop have a rugged elegance when grouped together...

 

an old blueprint in the company's office...

over the past year, materia designs has begun to work quite a lot with leather in addition to wood, steel and brass... as this material became integral to our design vocabulary, we began to search for a supplier that was both local to our hudson valley location, and that was ethical and sustainable in their practices... after a search that swept broadly from new jersey to eastern pennsylvania, i stumbled upon a wonderful family owned tannery right in our own backyard... pergamena, latin for parchment, started out fifteen generations ago, as a leather tannery specifically geared towards making leather parts for pianos... as that business changed over time, the family shifted their focus to shoe making, and later book binding leathers and parchment... pergamena, located in Montgomery, NY, now supplies many lighting designers and furniture makers with buttery soft goat and calfskins available in a gorgeous spectrum of rich, fully saturated hues...

renovation; guest house inspiration...

 

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now that our house renovation is nearly complete, we're beginning to look out... the most significant project that needs to be tackled is the outbuilding in our back yard that we want to turn into a guest house and office/studio...
unfortunately, the building's second story had been badly damaged by water prior to our purchasing the property, so our only real option is to leave the 10' high block first story and completely scrape off and replace the second...
an architect friend is helping us to draw up the plans, and we're leaning towards creating a far more modern silhouette to juxtapose against our 1940's cape...
uniting the two will be a moody palette of dark grey and black, eventually further united with silver standing seam metal roofs...
all images via pinterest...
New at Materia Locus; Paintings by Betty Clark...
Early Morning Dream 2008  31"  x 30" acrylic on canvas
The most recent addition to our showroom, Materia Locus, is the work of renowned southern artist,
Betty Clark... Based in Asheville, NC, Clark works primarily in acrylic, articulating the complexities of the human experience in beautifully abstract forms and colors...
The Time of White Camellias 2008 38" x 36" acrylic on canvas
"Betty Clark's paintings are motivated by the desire to find balance in a disharmonious world. Many of her themes relate to modern day political and psychological unrest. The frenzied swarms of line and color are indicative of the frustrated hands of their maker. Yet despite her cynicism, Clark imbues her work with fragility and beauty to reflect on the ephemeral nature of our being, with anticipation for renewal."
Early Spring 2008 31" x 30" acrylic on canvas
Indefinite Distance 2007 42" x 40" acrylic on wood
The Family 2010 70" x 64" acrylic on canvas
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