[Episode 119] There are Giants in the Sky
My conversation with Michele Dopp from Fabric and Steel. Fabric and Steel makes artisan-crafted textiles. Michele’s description of her design’s are revealing.
Fabric and Steel creates textiles that are thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted. The designs are emphatically of our time and reflection of who we are now. They capture our moments and refuse imitation.
I explore Michele’s design process and her sense of timelessness!
David begins the show mentioning the first rule in design (starting from bottom with rugs) and how he feels that rules are meant to be broken. He goes on to talk about fabric and how he’s fascinated by its texture and beauty. David tells a story about the time he fell in love with crewel fabric back in the day and then introduces Michele Dopp from Fabric and Steel. Her job is to create artisan-crafted textiles. Like David, she also likes to break the rules of design.
Michele Dopp from Fabric and Steel joins the show. Her meaning of beauty is authenticity and mystery and that the beautiful things in her home are the two rugs, specifically the ones that were custom made. She and David talk about how her textiles create movement in space and the importance of having both that can really make a permanent difference in a home. Plus, how Michele puts her own feelings into every design, the idea of fleeting fabric, and a quick discussion on fabric patterns.
David asks Michele about what inspires her to work on her designs and when she usually creates something new. Many parts of movement is what mostly gets her to begin the design process. She also explains that the amount of light and darkness changes the way she creates things. Michele then tells a story of her career path from being a young girl from Indiana to her beginnings in New York. She also tells David about the time she really fell in love with the textile industry and how being exposed to the repeat textile designs in her early days made her more interested in designing.
David and Michele answer questions from listeners. They quickly mention the weights of linen and the differences between the weights used in upholstery and drapes. Also, how to properly wash and dry linen when it becomes dirty, harvesting linen flax, and the colorization of Michele’s textiles.
Check out Michele Dopp’s website fabricandsteel.com
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