Image: (1) Perch by DCTdesigns (2) Dustjacketattic
I have had the distinct pleasure of working with this Power punched duo, Seattle-based designers Liise Wyatt and Karly Orr . If you have yet to discover them you’re in for a treat as they are guaranteed to blow you away.
Wyatt Orr inspires quiet confidence in those who appreciate innovative and flawlessly detailed garments. Seattle-based designers Liise Wyatt and Karly Orr balance timeless sophistication and urban style to cultivate distinctive designs for women and men.
Here is a sneak Peek at their Spring/Summer 2012 line.
Who inspires them
Highly creative, humble people… and our Labrador retrievers, Filson and Odeing . They remind us not to take things too seriously and that life can be as simple as reaching ultimate bliss by just chewing on a stick.
What Liise& Karly do
Wyatt Orr is a two-woman show. We are responsible for every aspect of the business… We design, draw, drape, draft, sew, cut and sew some more… we market, produce, art direct and style all our photo shoots, promote and ultimately sell our collection… Then we do it all over again the next season!
What Liise & Karly do best
We take a long time to make decisions…..we do that really well!
We also collaborate well… We are fortunate to be able to keep true to our individual aesthetics while successfully blending our designs to make a cohesive collection – and getting along in the process!
What other profession Liise & Karly would like to attempt
We briefly contemplated being Flight Attendants for Virgin America.
What turns them on creatively, spiritually or emotionally
Fabric itself; the way garments move with the body… color and contrasting textures; the contrast of city and nature.
Where to find Liise & Karly
The goods can be currently found at wyattorr.com, David Lawrence in Bellevue and The Finerie in downtown Seattle.
Where Liise & Karly got their talent/Education
Liise received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then went on to study Fashion Design and Construction at the New York Fashion Academy in Seattle…
Karly received her BA at Washington State University and then went on to study Fashion Design and Construction at the New Work of Fashion Academy…
NYFA’s director, Terry Horlamus and a handful of other instructors taught Liise and Karly the technical skills necessary to execute their designs.
The two quickly discovered they worked well together and supported each other’s ideas during school assignments and projects. They joined creative forces and Wyatt Orr’s vision came to fruition a few years later.
Finally borrowing from Bernard Pivot- If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Red or white?
I had an idea of drawing a dress made of Turkey feathers. Now I always envisioned Turkey feathers to be variations of browns, black and white. That was until I stumbled across this photograph by Alan Dahl of an Oscillated Turkey.
With this photo in hand I simplified the design and drew Turkey? for Thanskgiving.
“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living
I want to know what you ache for,
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love,
for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow,
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals
or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own,
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic,
or to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you’re telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself,
if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty even when its not pretty every day,
and if you can source your life from God’s presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine,
and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,
weary and bruised to the bone,
and do what needs to be done for the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you are, how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the center of the Fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself,
and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.“
~ Orion Mountain Dreamer, Indian Elder
Sketch:Violin Meditation by DCT
So I am going to leave work early and take the next few days off. That said I won’t be posting anything again until next Monday.
Look for lots of goodies next week. I will have a Tuesday Talent interview with the design team of WyattOrr (including a sneak peek at their 2012 designs), lots of finished sketches, and a series of basic croquis to share.
Have a Fabulous Holiday!
Workable Fixative by Pippa McManus
Stylish Goose by Genya Yodko
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