Textiles from HOPEWELL

by Joanna on June 24, 2013

Eliza Kenan and Claire Oswalt started HOPEWELL as a design workshop built upon the principles of the Hopewell Exchange Program. In this program, Native Americans transformed materials into handmade goods and then traded the pieces for more materials. With a deep respect and love for crafts, Eliza and Claire share experience in woodworking, ceramics,¬†sculpting, knitting, quilting, and painting. All of these elements combine to form the beautiful compositions you see here. A bit graphic and a touch modern, HOPEWELL seeks to bring new meaning to the word “heirloom,” thus redefining it for future generations.

Each quilt is handmade and features a wide variety of fabrics from finely woven Japanese cotton to yarn-dyed essex linen and seersucker. Some pieces are made in a batch of ten, while others are truly one of a kind. Lastly, each quilt is hand-numbered on a screenprinted HOPEWELL label.

Each of the women bring something different to the table: Eliza merges experience as an architectural designer, seamstress, and art director for film and animation with 11 years of experience quilting. In fact, she proudly continues her family tradition of quilting, which dates back to her 18th-century Indiana Quaker roots. Claire, meanwhile, is the third generation of painters in her family. Inspired by her grandfather’s stained glass and loom-woven textiles and her grandmother’s wildflower and landscape paintings, Claire’s work has been widely shown, most recently in Los Angeles and Marfa, Texas.

HOPEWELL also offers these gorgeous patchworked napkins and coasters, perfect for adding a casual, neutral layer to any tabletop.

{Images via HOPEWELL}

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