Fun with Flowers continues at the Denver Art Museum this week with Blooming Clothing, a daylong workshop with local fashion designers Jomar White and Rebecca Tischler. From 2-5 pm and 6:15-9:15 pm on July 31, visitors can learn how to sew floral appliqués and embroideries in the Martin Plaza.
Below, designer Rebecca Tischler shares with us her upcoming projects and sources of inspiration.
This summer, the DAM is celebrating work inspired by the beauty of flowers. As local artists, do you find inspiration in your surroundings? If so, do you have any favorite spots or inspirational spaces?
We’re fortunate enough to live in this beautiful place, so even going outside can be a source of inspiration if you catch the sun at the right time. I love the mountains, so any drive west is really inspirational. For this project in particular, I’ve begun to see flowers I didn’t even know existed. One of my friends just moved into the home of the Curator of Native Plants for the Denver Botanic Gardens. The house obviously has a wonderful garden and was definitely an inspiration; an incredible place full of lush flowers and ponds and hanging sculptures, I could sit and draw for hours there.
How did you get started working in this medium?
I started making art in a more serious manner when I was in college in Boulder. Printmaking was my medium, and I just loved making different patterns and textures, so it was really natural to make the move to wearable art, making clothing.
What drives your current work? Do you have any passion projects?
This project has really inspired me to do a small collection. I have an idea that I’m hoping to execute as part of a fashion show at my store, Studio Colfax.
These workshops are a great way to engage with the local community. What do you hope people will take away from your workshop?
An excitement about the beauty that you can make with a needle and thread. Often people are scared to sew and I think this project can show people how easy and really fun and inspiring creating these appliqués can be.
Do you have any current or upcoming projects that you are excited about?
I’m always trying to make new things for the shop; this space has really opened up a whole new avenue of creativity for me. I’m hoping the collection that I was so inspired to make from this collaboration will happen in the spring.