Calica Studio is a collaborative art and design studio creating unique, high quality digitally printed textile accessories. Designers Meghan Macdonald and Rebecca Horwitz met while studying textiles at Sheridan College. All products are designed, printed, and sewn in Toronto and use a combination of hand processes and digital manufacturing technologies.
Banyuls-sur-Mer began as a photograph taken on a recent trip to the South of France. Hiking along the coast on narrow paths between lush vineyards and the steep drop to the Mediterranean, one cannot help but be inspired by the landscape. Calica Studio’s design style involves the merging of traditional hand techniques with digital technologies to create works that could not be created without these two disciplines. By layering a photograph with hand drawn elements and popping in spots of colour digitally, we are able to highlight different areas of the composition. The design is printed on silk crepe de chine, a very durable material that softens with wear. The edges are carefully rolled by hand, a laborious and historic technique. In this piece, tradition fuses with future creating a wearable piece of art that can be worn on the body or displayed on a wall.
Co-Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell Hard Twist 9 Fibre Optics – Textiles in the Digital Age plugs into the juncture where textile connects with computer technology and exposes how the digital touches cloth. On view August 28 to December 28, 2014 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the Hotel.