As we hinted at back in August on this here blog, the latest PATCH NYC collection features new designs inspired by some of our vintage treasures. We have a small collection of very aged and tattered ribbon awards; a few we found at flea markets here in the states and others were uncovered in Paris.
What is it about these fragile, shredded awards that appeals to us? True, the colors are perfectly faded, the metallic bits are wonderfully tarnished, the lettering is nicely worn and the thread seems to be holding on by, well, a thread but the biggest appeal for us is the story behind each award. Whatever yarn of a tale we imagine. Usually one involving some major heroics, cunning craftiness and super natural skills. After all, the inherent history in a vintage object is often the greatest appeal (even if that history is conjured to our liking).
So, with all of this inspiration in mind, we set about creating our own version of an award. We stitched up rosettes from richly colored satin ribbons, sourced equally colorful velvet ribbons and unearthed our collection of German Dresden gold foiled paper shapes. Next, we added in an array of flat back gems, vintage images and brass jewelry findings then, still not completely satisfied with the result, we tinted each piece by adding a dark wash with fine tip brushes.
The result is our version of an award. A collection of small scale objects like mixed media works of art. Awards for inspiring a story and celebrating any accomplishment, big or small.
The collection debuts at the NY NOW Show in New York, August 2013
A tray of stitched ribbon rosettes awaiting production in the studio.
A vintage treasure from our collection.
Freshly tinted in the studio.
The awards collection photographed for our seasonal style book.