They say life imitates art.
For Dee Clements, it’s the opposite.
A few months back, the School of the Art Institute grad/weaving wunderkind relocated to Portland, Maine, on a whim.
Taken with the landscape, architecture, and inhabitants of her new home, Clements felt compelled to create a winter collection (she’d planned on waiting until spring 2013).
The striking four-piece line brings her intimate observations to life: Longfellow’s inky blues, moody grays, and herringbone pattern recall a white-haired fisherman; a coral, cream, and heather infinity scarf in a German bird’s-eye pattern evokes a lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic; navy, red, and sandy brown Munjoy is inspired by an artsy up-and-coming neighborhood; autumnal-hued Mackworth summons the changing leaves on the eponymous island.
Clements layers Kentucky-milled cotton, bamboo, Tencel, merino wool, silk, and cashmere for rich textures and dramatic draping. Her loom takes two days to set up; the work is built to last.
Up next: blankets.
We’re not just spinning yarns.
Available at herronclothier.com, $150-$225.
Photo: Courtesy of Herron Clothier