We all know how difficult it is to produce work that is for sale, public health and keep it marketable and priced at a salable price. It is hard to balance production technique with hand finishing every little detail. I often find myself making work that is either so detail oriented and labour intensive that it is impossible to sell or work or work that I feel I have to make too many compromises on to sell at an appropriate price. Sometimes it is difficult to remember that there is a place for both kinds of work, it’s a matter of choosing, or balancing both.
It is always encouraging to find other artists that have found ways keep the processes and ethical material sourcing as the most integral part of the work. One of my favourite examples is a brand called Matson+Palmer. Christy Maston and Jane Palmer work as a pair in Los Angeles. Jane is a natural dyer and Christy a weaver. Together they create luxury hand-made blankets and pillows. They are able to incorporated hand work at every stage of production in their work which makes their work distinct and beautiful.
They are one of my favourite examples of contemporary makers/designers who are working at a luxury goods price point.
For more info visit their site matsonpalmer
or instagram @matsonplamer