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Student Winners Of Warp & Weft Contest

Cheri Fein, executive director of Public and Media Relations
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FIT students Denize Sofia Maaloe and Charlotte Rodiere, both Textile/Surface Design majors and winners of the Contemporary Creations design competition sponsored by rug source Warp & Weft, have had their winning designs added to the company's Designers Studio Collection. Warp & Weft also showed the two winning entries at the recent International Contemporary Furniture Fair. The design competition was open to FIT upper-division Textile/Surface Design students as a class assignment in the Custom Rug and Carpet Design class, taught by adjunct instructor Deborah Hernandez during the fall 2011 semester.

Full Circle  designed by Denize Sofia Maaloe Kaleidoscope  designed by Charlotte Rodiere
Full Circle
designed by Denize Sofia Maaloe
designed by Charlotte Rodiere

A jury of design industry professionals and journalists selected the five competition winners from a group of 24 entries. Maaloe's winning design, titled Full Circle, depicts a sun-print of sage, creating a vintage feel. Full Circle was made into a 6-foot-by-9-foot rug, hand-knotted in Nepal of hand-carded and hand-spun Himalayan wool for the dark-brown background and a blend of wool and Indian mulberry silk for the leaves. The wool and silk were tweeded in various proportions to create the effect of layering and translucency, according to the rug company. The rug also features an irregular edge along the designs border in pure white silk.

I am very excited to be working with Warp & Weft and to have my work shown at ICFF, Maaloe said. My goal as a designer is to use textiles to express the ideas that I believe in deeply sustainability and living ethically. I wanted the design to evoke a feeling of peace and healing. I wanted it to be grounding and very tactile and textured.

Rodiere's design, Kaleidoscope, is a bold pattern of angular, geometric shapes and strong colors on a neutral ground. The 6-foot-by-9-foot hand-tufted rug is made of semi-worsted Merino wool in tip-sheared texture, along with a shimmering white background made of a blend of wool and twisted silk in cut pile.

With this challenge I had to think of my pattern in scale for the first time, Rodiere said. It was a great exercise to see how a motif can come to life on a big surface like a rug. As part of the design process, we went to the Warp & Weft showroom to view their rugs and learn about the different processes used to make them. I was really drawn to the technique of using different pile heights to create pattern and texture. I loved the idea of making a pattern without drawing it, just by suggesting the shape with the length of the fibers. This is my first professional project and I am thrilled to see it happening in New York City.

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