Personality, culture, history, and art are woven into the vintage material that Georganne Alex has chosen for her line of accessories and clothing. Nowhere is this more apparent than in her use of the Japanese kimono, a primary source for inspiration and design in Georganne’s work.
“Every time I unroll a kimono or take apart a garment to reuse, I am inspired by the texture, color and story the garment tells. For instance a kimono can reference a person’s age, sex and class as well as the season and occasion on which it was worn. I believe something of the original wearer’s soul has been imbedded into each garment”.
Her years spent as a Marriage and Family Therapist have given Georganne a unique perspective on social and personal relationships. “Much is revealed by what a person wears and how they put it together”, she believes.
“In addition to the inspiration drawn from old garments collected with care, I am often inspired by the natural world. Color combinations, the juxtaposition of textures woven together, hidden compartments and fastenings have all been inspired by nature and translated into my work.”
Georganne started weaving through Adult Education classes in 1982 and has continued to perfect her craft for the past 27 years. She practices both on-loom and off-loom weaving which makes her work a fusion of techniques as well as fabrications.
A committed environmentalist, she enjoys working with existing materials from previously worn garments because it is an “ecologically responsible way to design.” She continues to explore and experiment with new materials to create both intelligent and environmentally sensitive results.
Georganne looks forward to exploring new designs and is contemplating designs for men who are always asking for something “art-like” to wear. Whatever her source of inspiration, one thing is for certain, a “Georganne Alex” design is infused with a timeless elegance that will tell stories for generations.
Photo by Fritzi Newton
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