“Here are we, one magical moment. Such is the stuff from where dreams are WOVEN”
This holiday season, Patina Gallery is proud to feature the work of our beloved friend & artist Claire Kahn.
An exhibition influenced by internationally renowned textile designers and by her mother & mentor, Lyda Kahn.
Claire Kahn grew up under the artistic eyes of her parents, who were both artists and designers. Beauty was abundant throughout her childhood. Her mother and mentor, Lyda Kahn, was a weaver who created works in her studio on a large countermarch loom purchased from Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she studied in the late 40s. She would weave Hangings, similar to tapestries, that included bold materials and fibers in rich, complex color combinations. Her grandmother, Anneke Vos-Van Thyn, was also a weaver and a member of De Stijl, a movement established in Holland that coincided with the Bauhaus school in Germany.
“My work often looks just like my mothers in her choices in pattern and color”
After graduating from Stanford University with a focus in design, Kahn conceptualized interiors and treatments for architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where she would first learn about internationally renowned textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen and the textiles of Missoni. Fascinated by patterns and color, geometric designs with bold color palettes have become a natural form for Kahn to interpret, while embellishing her pieces with opulent gems.
“The overlapping lines and zigzag patterns in Missoni’s knitted and woven textiles are similar to the inherent pattern built in bead crochet”
“Pattern is born from the transition of one color to another or one shape to another, light to dark, cool to warm. In everything I do, pattern is going to be there, motivating the piece”
For WOVEN, Kahn creates a collection influenced by these two renowned designers and both her mother and grandmother. She imagines bold and geometric contrasts, elegant transitions, and rich spectrums of color, while bringing perspective to the parallels between bead crochet and the weaving process. Her jewelry is infused with stunning gems and flourishing progressions, woven together to create unique wearable works of art. In movement, she scripts a visual sensation in the Lyda pattern, named after her mother, interlocking weaving techniques by using the mysterious juxtaposition of cylindrical glass beads.
Watch the Mindful Meditation
to accompany the exhibition
Kahn’s full background as a designer and artist, shines through in this season’s collection.
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