Tachi Tachi featured in NYTM Matalog

We are so excited and honored to be featured in the 2016 New York Textile Month Magalog along side other talented textile designers from NYC. You can order your own here for more textile inspiration from the big apple. Read interview bellow image!

 

 

1.Growth as individual artists

Hannah Shell Schultz is a freelance textile designer and specialty screen printing consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. You can find her prints in J Crew, Club Monaco, and Rebecca Taylor among others. While using diverse design techniques such as hand painting, CAD and silk screening, Hannah’s heart is set on creating the ultimate conversational. Conversational designs allow the wearer to inform the viewer a little about themselves and what they like, which can spark a conversation, hence the name.  Her first immersion in focusing on conversationals occured during her AIR Cycle 6 residency at the Textile Arts Center. Over the nine months program, she designed “Game Cloth”, a project encouraging a dialog that reveals quirky, friendly, competitive person to person relations through textile design. Hannah teaches screen printing classes ranging from natural dyes to foil printing at the Textile Arts Center. You can learn more about Hannah’s work at hannahschultz.com.

 

Anne-Marie Lavigne is an artist exploring how technology sculpts our way of seeing. For her, technology is more than solely hardware and software, it is a perspective framing our relationships to the tangible. By combining traditional textile and print making with digital imagery, materials and techniques, Anne-Marie pulls away the curtain and shows viewers how technologically-constructed their world really is. She mostly works with a 3D modeling software used for prototyping and manufacturing in industries like engineering, architecture, and design. The grids of this program become Anne-Marie’s blank canvas; on them she renders shapes and volumes in digital space, then turns them into minimal silkscreened prints or weaving patterns. Anne-Marie is an alumni from the Interactive Telecommunications Program of the Tisch School of Arts where she researched soft circuitry and new materials. She was awarded the Ruth Schirson Levin Fellowship for AIR Cycle 6 residency program at TAC as well as the 2016 Artist Legacy Grant by the Women’s Studio Workshop. She is currently faculty at the Visible Futures Lab of the School of Visual Arts and is a Spaceworks Gowanus Grantee. To learn more on Anne-Marie work visit emeteuz.com.

2. Inspiration and ideas behind TachiTachi

Tachi Tachi creates bold color-changing textiles for home and fashion. Tachi Tachi patterns dynamically change between two or more states. When exposed to their specific triggers - either the sun, water or heat - they react instantly, connecting the wearer and the viewers to their immediate contexts. They expose aspects of reality we do not necessarily pay attention to and generate surprises in moments we take for granted. Leaving a building, unexpected rain drops, walking in the shadows of threes, the frozen air draft when exiting the subway. Tachi Tachi textiles make you see things differently and expose the underlying grids of the environment - internal and external - we live in.  Zoom In and Zoom out on who we are, where we are. Exposing us to the frameworks and grids that shape our lives. Creating bliss in simple things.

3. Collaboration between both artists

Hannah and Anne-Marie were studio neighbors during their Air Cycle 6 residency at the Textile Arts Center (during which they had the best time ever). The fact that Hannah’s space was as messy as Anne-Marie’s was over tidy did not prevent them from becoming friends and starting to conspire on creating a two-headed beast. Hannah brought in her deep expertise in printing with dyes (natural and reactive) and Anne-Marie her hands-on knowledge of what she calls “dynamic inks”. After months of research and tests, Tachi Tachi started taking shape. The company they are launching is a perfect mix of their expertise and personalities, which are both reflected in their design approach. Anne-Marie and Hannah are excited about exploring new mediums available to screen printing and are thrilled to work further on a quest to find the ultimate conversational. 

4. What you hope viewers will see in TachiTachi

Tachi Tachi textiles are bipolar. No we are not. Yes, they are. Like every one of us, they play their best poker face, but deep down, they are touchy, thin skinned and feel at extremes; no half-hearted measures. Tachi Tachis are fully connected to the moment and change color instantly depending on the sun, the rain and the heat. There is no hiding from it. They are classy, but bold and honest. Oh, thank you for that. You are welcome. Tachi Tachis take life seriously, but most of the time, they understand the need to laugh at oneself to carry on. Why hide sensitivity? Being bold and frank with your inner self, that’s what makes it worthwhile, no? Hiding generates fakes. Yes, we agree. Tachi Tachis have a life of their own. It’s true, we do. You wear them like a second skin that connects you to the instant and makes you interact with your environment differently. They trigger a direct dialogue with your immediate surroundings. They make you see things - and yourself - differently. Tachi Tachis open a door to the real thing. Whether you want to see or not. Are you ready? Yes, we are. Not you! Them.

Anne-Marie Lavigne