As a Home Remedies email recipient I am sure you are familiar with Kelsey Haley. She’s our fabric guru, workroom coordinator, and contagious laugh starter. When she is not working here, Kelsey creates one of a kind textiles which she works into countless creations.
Kelsey graduated from Maine College of Art (MECA)’s Textile and Fashion design program in 2015. Soon thereafter, she landed a job in her field here at Home Remedies. This summer she was awarded one of MECA’s alumni residencies which grants her 24 hour access to her old stomping grounds and studio for the month of July.
I sat down with her and we talked through her process from inspiration to creation and have compiled some highlights below.
With a focus on “cleaning up [her] craft of sewing and playing with prints and scale and how they lay on the body” Kelsey has been in creation overdrive. Having the opportunity to spread out and use the facilities at MECA has thrust Kelsey back into her craft.
Since graduating she has balanced work and craft, but without access to a large studio her creations have shifted from clothing towards pillows, wall art, and other items she can produce in her small home studio space.
In order to get the most out of her limited time residency, all while working full time, Kelsey went in search of fresh inspiration. She stumbled upon tile designer Athos Bulcão.
“Bulcão designs beautiful tiles. Each one is painted with a design that could be aligned in any direction and leaves the pattern and placement of the tiles up to the installers. There is no set pattern that is supposed to be achieved, but instead each installment of his tiles is unique- a beautiful abstract concept that is different every time.”
His influence has coupled beautifully with another theme Kelsey has been thinking a lot about lately, waste. One day while adding to her scrap pile and thinking about her influencers Kelsey was inspired to quilt her scraps together into squares at random, not creating a set pattern, but letting the different prints complement each other.
“Each square has a dot or line or dash and while quilting at random they grow into something completely new together.”
In her newest line of work you will find pieces made from both textiles that are deliberate and planned, and those made from her quilted scraps.
Filled with inspiration and access to a place to create, Kelsey has been in a design frenzy, one day she came into work and exclaimed that she had sewed more than 20 shirts on her day off. She said she found a groove and the time just flew by.
Where can these Kelsey Haley orginals be found?. Luckily for you (and me) Kelsey will be setting up at the Picnic craft fair on August 3rd. Details are below!
HAPPENINGS AROUND TOWN
PICNIC CRAFT FAIR
Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019 with a rain date on August 4
Time: 11am to 6pm
Location: Outdoors in Lincoln Park on Congress and Franklin Streets
Picnic Craft Fair will feature over 120 vendors selling clothing, jewelry, prints, accessories, bags, plush, stationery, ceramics, housewares, vintage goods, and more. There will be tasty food and beverages by Coffee By Design, Fishin Ships and Mr. Tuna.