Collecting for Your Collection
The last week I feel like my brain has just been buzzing with ideas. I have really been honing in on some key design figures whose sense of aesthetic I drool over. The first person, Lidewij Edelkoort, is someone I came across a couple of years ago while working as a textile designer. Our design studio had one of her bi-yearly color trend forecasting books. This book was art in and of itself. Edelkoort is known in the design world as one of the most famous color and trend forecasters. The second person is Iris Apfel. I recently decided that she is my fashion icon! Apfel is a famous interior designer known for her full eye. Although her style tends to be way more saturated than mine as far as color and accessories go, I appreciate her use of found objects, color, and tailored excess.
These women are often asked: How do they do it? How do you become an icon? How do you develop your style? A commonality among their responses is that they continually surround themselves with objects that speak to them, that evoke emotion in them.
I love their response because they have built their own collection of things that are precious to them. When I think of my own thought-provoking collection, I think of pieces that I have picked up while traveling. In 2011, I lived in India for about 5 months. I was enamored by how ornamented everything was; you couldn’t escape the color or pattern. I think that period of time was the first time being surrounded by my personal aesthetic. Six years later, I am still inspired by and wear many of the accessories I brought home.
It was that first exposure that kept me going back for more. A year ago I was on my way to SE Asia and had an intention of bringing home textiles and trinkets that spoke to me. I brought back a number of baskets, cuts of silk, mini sculptures, and objects of Asian kitsch. I also value gifts that family and friends give me from their travels, such as jewelry, paintings, and small sculptures. When I am homeland bound, I frequent fair trade shops that have items from the countries I have visited and feel like I am visually at home. I surround myself with objects that have a story and that story is my style.