AMY LEINER DESIGNS
The process starts at Lavendula Farm along the Connecticut countryside with our beloved sheep, Kazoo, Violet, Vanilla and Bianca and our Llama, Mrs. Gingah and Mr. Mateo. These beauties are rescues. Their fleece becomes the fiber for my scarves. These animals certainly pay it forward.
After the sheep are sheared, the fleece is carded, washed and oftentimes , dyed into a myriad of luscious colors. A luxurious blend of hand spun yarn along with found trims and recycled sari silk, are coordinated. Volume and texture is added by braiding, chaining and stacking yarns creating a symphony of extraordinary color. Continuing to spin these artistic yarns, I often dye them creating saturated color ways from audacious brights to warm neutrals. After the fleece is spun , vintage trims and metallic threads are woven in. Many times I will also incorporate natural feathers. adding movement, color and softness--continuing the color story. Finishing wrapping all the dreads with a 3-4" suede wrap. Color, texture shape, sparkle, layers--every found thread, tulle, suede, silk and feather is used. The juxtaposition of these elements create the structure of my aesthetic. I obsessively play with these elements as a fiber design artist making unexpected, over-decorated, art-to-wear statement pieces. I explore how placement effects movement and I am continually fascinated
with the limitlessness of artistic possibilities.