Q&A | HANOUX

Inside the Hanoux studio

Inside the Hanoux studio

 

Where do you live and what are your favorite things about your city?

Hanoux studio is located in Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, New York. With the Manhattan Garment District just a train ride away, we are surrounded by everything we need to have our fashion and textile house up and running. The trend of sourcing cheap production and materials over-seas has caused the NYC garment district to suffer, with many jobs lost, stores closing, and factories going out of business. Being able to support America's work force and local clothing production is our mission. Every day we are supported by our fellow community of creative individuals; our city is filled with driven artists and entrepreneurs who love to collaborate and want to change the consumer market one small conscious decision at a time.

 Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get started and what made you want to become a designer/artist?

We each grew up in very different environments, and consequently our design senses were influenced and molded by what was around us. Kristin, by vibrant colors, turquoise beaches, and the tropical vibe of Miami, Florida. Hannah by the mystic forests, mossy rocks, and peach tree orchards of rural Connecticut. Kristin was fascinated with the abstract nature of art from a young age. Upon being introduced to the practical world of design, she studied communications and graphic design at Pratt where she learned how to organize information into visual story telling. Hannah's passion for construction was born after receiving a sewing machine early on. Then, through studying fashion design at Pratt, she gained knowledge of garment construction, textile sourcing and dyeing. We decided to pursue Hanoux together after a senior year project evolved into a real life, collaborative exploration of form, functionality of clothing, and endless possibilities in colors and dyeing. 

What is the atmosphere of your studio like? Do you have any sort of rhythm or process when starting a new project?

Our plant-filled studio space consists of six working stations for sewing, screen printing, cutting, color mixing and dyeing. Much organization and planning has gone into the work-flow of our shared space. The Hanoux studio is located in a Brooklyn loft space that has housed a multitude of artists and designers over the past five years. We have crates and binders filled with past projects and color tests; documenting the steps to re-create patterns and achieve specific colors is very important. Each new dye bath is a science experiment and the craft requires full attention because even a slight change in the recipe will yield a different result. Having all supplies in order, making a pot of tea, and throwing on a podcast or playlist are all important factors to our work flow. Creating together allows for constant rejuvenation and reassurance.

What are some emotions you try and bring to your work?

The technique and process of Shibori is a form of meditation; it evokes emotions of surprise, suspense and wonder. Our textiles are a form of organic mark making, quite literally they are snapshots of energy: evidence of dye particles reacting with water and taking on shapes created by folds and twists in the fabric. Each piece of fabric is made with intention. Each design is very controlled and chaotic at the same time- always unique and unlike the next. The Hanoux wallpaper designs available at Area Environments are inspired by and named after natural phenomenons; we aim to instill organic beauty in the viewer and take them into a landscape of color and depth.

 What do you like best about being an artist/ designer?

 In the art and design world, there is never one right answer or one right way to do something. Design is based on creativity- bringing something new into existence, and about problem solving and finding solutions. Sometimes it is simply the sheer enjoyment of creating something beautiful to share with the world. The open mindedness of art is comforting because we know we can always transform an idea, or think of a new one entirely.

The Pratt motto has always resonated with us, “be true to your work, and your work will be true to you.” With that in mind, our work becomes a constant meditation on truth seeking, both in regards to self-reflection and what the work is offering outwardly. Our logo incorporates the Seed of Life, an ancient symbol which represents full awareness of one's surroundings and the intersection of all actions.

By celebrating the pure essence of color, shape, pattern, movement, and prayer, we harness raw energy, positive intentions, natural growth and ancient wisdom. Our clothing is about a conscious way of life.