Summer Camp by Kayla Mattes
Awhile ago, I posted some pieces of fashion inspired by both the internet and the 90s by Kayla Mattes, work that came about before high profile, well-established designers took to the runways this year.
The designer is now running a Kickstarter campaign for a knitted jewellery line, inspired by the 90s craze, and have a geometric, neon aesthetic:
The collection grew from a piece in my RISD thesis print/knitwear collection ‘NEO-90ies’, that was partially constructed from plastic lanyard/gimp/boondoggle/scoubidou, or whatever you prefer to call it!
… the entire collection embodied the nostalgia associated with the kitschy and artificial nature of the toys, food, media, and technology of kid-culture in the 1990’s.
After making the NEO-90ies collection, I still found myself intrigued with this almost dead craft trend. I used to have a box where I kept my lanyards and that is pretty much where they stayed.
Since then I’ve been integrating this kitschy craft hobby in my textiles practice. When paired with knitted elements “boondoggle/gimp/lanyard” is translated into something entirely new!
The SUMMER CAMP collection both manipulates and pays homage to the lanyard braiding phenomenon, resulting in a collection of contemporary and unconventional geometric necklaces.
You can find the Kickstarter project page here
Kayla’s Tumblr blog can be found here