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MATSON + PALMER is a collaborative project between Christy Matson and Jane Palmer. In 2014, they embarked on a journey that began with surplus cashmere yarn and linen yarn from the apparel industry in Los Angeles.
Together they make hand-woven, naturally dyed cashmere blankets and pillows that merge a unique blend of modernism, fine art and textile traditions.
Each blanket and pillow top is hand woven by Christy Matson using rare, irregular, hand-twisted cashmere sourced from a woman's co-op in Afghanistan. The women raise goats, comb the fibers and spin the yarns largely by hand. Some of the yarn is too irregular for apparel knitting equipment, so it becomes deadstock material. We purchase the deadstock because it's otherwise waste, and it works perfectly with our process.
Jane Palmer hand-dyes the yarns before weaving with natural dyes from around the globe. She has worked with farmers for over 10 years to grow special dyes for her process.
Each piece is a one-of-a-kind collaboration in color and weaving structures. The process to produce one blanket – from design conception, to dyeing and weaving – takes about one month.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The artists share 25 years of collective experience working professionally in the area of textiles. Both hold Masters of Fine Arts Degrees in textiles, and the two met in 2005 while they were teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
They began their collaboration after they both relocated to Los Angeles several years later.
Jane Palmer is a specialist in the area of natural dye and has run NOON by Jane Palmer, the premier natural dye production house in the United States since 2010. Noon was first founded in Palmer’s garage in the Beachwood Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles. Since then, the studio has moved into an airy, light filled space in the heart of the garment district of downtown Los Angeles. Palmer hand-dyes each skein of yarn with natural dyes using special techniques, sometimes researched from medieval texts, that can take hours or even days of time to make each color unique. Her phenomenal range of colors are achieved entirely through natural dyes made from plants, including roots, bark, wood, flowers and leaves and two insects. Palmer sources these dyes from farmers all over the world who have farmed dyes and land for generations. Palmer has worked at the forefront to advance the technology of natural dyes, as well as reduce resources to grown them and make them into a viable alternative to chemical based dyes.
Christy Matson, a studio-artist and hand-weaver is internationally recognized as a specialist and innovator in the area of Jacquard hand weaving. She works on a hand-operated Jacquard loom, custom built for her in Norway. Her loom is the only one of its kind in Southern California. Because of the unique properties of her loom, Matson is able to weave pieces that have the illusion of irregular lines or drawn motifs. Her weavings blend a unique sense of play together with a strong sense of tradition. Her woven work can be found in numerous collections including the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.