Artist Collaboration: Celeste Pfau Creative House

 One of Celeste's inspiration photos from nature.

One of Celeste's inspiration photos from nature.

Celeste Pfau is a Birmingham-based artist who creates one of a kind botanical mono-prints. Instead of using a reusable screen print or die cut method, she chooses to use items from nature to make truly unique pieces that reflect the beauty of the natural world around us. 

When Celeste approached me about printing on some ties, I was thrilled to work with her, although honestly, a little intimidated at the idea of sewing on art. When she delivered the raw, printed fabric back to me, I let it sit in my studio for a week while I really considered how my process might need to change, in order to carefully steward this now-more-lovely linen. 

 Celeste's in-process photo, as she prints on the linen for the neck tie.

Celeste's in-process photo, as she prints on the linen for the neck tie.

The process of sewing ties is very symmetrical, and I've always loved how Celeste uses the symmetry of nature in her work. In sewing, symmetry is absolutely essential -- even to the point of perfection. Nature is not that way -- there are always imperfections and deviations. I would argue that it is often these traits that ultimately cause us to stop in wonder at all of the creation around us.

As I sewed the ties up, I too, marveled at the intricacies of the prints made by these seed pods, leaves, and stems. Each one was different, yet similar, which made for very meditative sewing time.

It was truly a pleasure for me to create these ties with Celeste. They will be for sale via Instagram, and at market with me, and all proceeds will go to Celeste's artist residency in Japan this year.