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The Story...

mixed color emerged out of love for progress, transformation  and the forward motion of experimentation and evolution. this platform for creation embraces the space in between, inclusive and universal in its nature.

 

 mixed color celebrates the odd beauty, enhanced by slight imperfections, taking society and nature’s discards and transforming them into usable objects. the limitations of recycled and natural materials speak to the new form, inviting equal parts necessity and intuition to drive the process.

 

How it's made...

In its physical sense, mixed color is a free flowing, ever evolving collection of goods created as an artistic practice, with the challenge of providing functional pieces that are thoughtfully and skillfully made, and most often one of a kind. the majority of pieces are made using natural fabrics colored with natural dyes, or recycled fabrics. denim is especially of interest, the way it attracts almost all cultures, all ages, and all classes with its rugged simplicity and functionality.

 

conjured in the Catskills, NY by Christi Johnson.

 
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collaboration with nature

nature is a source of inspiration, a provider of materials, and a force to work with, not against. the mixed color studio uses natural dyes, organically grown and produced fabrics whenever possible, recycled fabrics, and factory floor remnants in order to minimize ecological footprint. the fashion industry is one of the leading producers of waste and pollution, and it is about time for that to change.

handmade as a way of life

to be handmade does not simply mean someone used their hands and now an object exists, it is about creating items with integrity and humanity all throughout its creation. even with the help of electronics such as the sewing machine, or the computer, all items that come from the mixed color studio have been thoughtfully created with intention and labored over with love.

expression through creation

I aim to create goods that will inspire not just the wearer or purchaser, but anyone else who sees, feels, or interacts with the work, with high hopes that the evidence of being made by hand may come through and provoke others to consider making something themselves, because freedom of expression through tactile creation can be incredibly liberating!!

finding unity in diversity

the name mixed color came out of a desire to unify and include all cultures as sources of knowledge and inspiration, stitching our experiences, patching our differences, weaving our stories together. as a child of many races, I believe the more we share and teach others, the more we can all learn and understand through experiences of others and create peace in ourselves and our communities.

 
  The latest project to emerge from the Mixed Color studio is  Stitch Wish , a collection of hand embroidered talisman designed to inspire and transform through a combination of personal and natural powers.  Stitch Wish is an illumination of the symbols dancing throughout time, simultaneously archaic and futuristic. These talisman patches have been created for specific intentions with the craft of embroidery, through meditative and visually enhancing stitches.   These little hand embroidered talisman are here to help you, whether you’d like to magnify your intentions, draw in desires, or express devotion.    Stitching a Stitch Wish talisman in an area where it can be interacted with frequently can help trigger the subconscious and open up our minds to the infinite realm of possibilities through the use of symbolism.  Clothing acts as a barrier between us and the world, able to protect as well as express our physical beings, and can be used to protect or  express our energetic bodies as well.  By infusing a garment with a purpose (in this case by embedding a patch of intentional artwork into it) you're able to declare your ambitions out into the world loud and clear.   The energy of embroidery helps to integrate these wishes, as the needle travels from above to below and back again, weaving between worlds.    Our conscious minds speak in verbal language, our subconscious speaks in images. Interpreted in a medium so closely familiar to us, textiles, these images get to travel with us as we find ways to become more transformational and expansive.  You can check them out on their own website  here . 

The latest project to emerge from the Mixed Color studio is Stitch Wish, a collection of hand embroidered talisman designed to inspire and transform through a combination of personal and natural powers. Stitch Wish is an illumination of the symbols dancing throughout time, simultaneously archaic and futuristic. These talisman patches have been created for specific intentions with the craft of embroidery, through meditative and visually enhancing stitches.

These little hand embroidered talisman are here to help you, whether you’d like to magnify your intentions, draw in desires, or express devotion.

Stitching a Stitch Wish talisman in an area where it can be interacted with frequently can help trigger the subconscious and open up our minds to the infinite realm of possibilities through the use of symbolism.

Clothing acts as a barrier between us and the world, able to protect as well as express our physical beings, and can be used to protect or  express our energetic bodies as well.

By infusing a garment with a purpose (in this case by embedding a patch of intentional artwork into it) you're able to declare your ambitions out into the world loud and clear.

The energy of embroidery helps to integrate these wishes, as the needle travels from above to below and back again, weaving between worlds.

Our conscious minds speak in verbal language, our subconscious speaks in images. Interpreted in a medium so closely familiar to us, textiles, these images get to travel with us as we find ways to become more transformational and expansive. You can check them out on their own website here