Designs by Leyla O'Lenic
SENSE OF PLACE- MOROCCO
Hand painted linen warp with hand-dyed cochineal merino wool, naturally dyed wool, and bamboo Tencel
10’ x 3’
The focus for this project was concentrating on recycled and or sustainable materials to make up at least 50 percent of the final weaving. I decided to hand dye my yarn using natural dyes, tumeric and cochineal. I was able to obtain various hues and varieties within each wool skein, emphasizing the uniqueness of each yarn, and the vibrant colors of natural dyes. I used a 2/2 twill pattern, but purposefully chose to alternate the direction to create another direction of movement the viewer can follow. I used wool roving to add dimension and texture and furthered that idea through the soumak tapestry technique.
100% linen warp with 100% grey carpet wool,
100% hand naturally dyed merino wool, and wool roving
5’ x 5’
This project focused on our individual experiences with cloth. I resonate with cloth through fluidity, texture, layers, and organic fibers. I showcased these ideas through various sustainability conscious yarn choses and weave structures. My color palette focused on land and sea and the various colors in between.
White bamboo warp with recycled denim over dyed by hand
Sky Tencel warp with Tencel
and wool roving
Blue bamboo warp with
Sky Tencel warp with olive Tencel and recycled hand dyed linen
FAUX VS. REAL SCARF
My weaving class was fortunate enough to be supervised by the Color Concept Coordinator of Converse to forecast Holiday 2020 Colors. Sustainability has become a hot topic in the design world and became the center of my inspiration for this color projection. I sought to bring in natural colors, but also richer tones that one may not associate with the natural world and show that by being sustainability conscious, one can still produce unique and bold colors.
My mood board explored whether faux fur or real fur is more sustainable. I looked at major fashion designers like Stella McCartney and Eileen Fisher known for their sustainable efforts. Through this, I was able to find brands like Mou who still use real fur, but have a strict sourcing regulations, working with the meat industry to collect their byproducts as opposed to creating a separate demand that has become an ethics battles. I then based my hand woven scarf off of my mood board and research. I sourced small kettle dyed wool yarns that take into account the treatment of animals and chemicals used to treat the yarn.
Bamboo Warp with Undyed Baby Llama and Kettle dyed Peruvian Wool in Herringbone Pattern
108” x 20” hand woven scarf
on Floor Loom