Pastoral, by Kyla sjogren, offers small-batch handwoven wool textiles for apparel, accessories, and the home. The textiles are a manifestation of a considered process and are thus imbued with a rich meaning and context.
In 2011, I relocated to Portland, Oregon, to research and document the viability of making sustainable garments in the Northwest region of the US. I followed the progression from start to finish; growing sheep, processing wool, spinning, weaving, natural dyeing, and collaborative garment design. While all of these processes involve a lifetime to master, I focused on specific aspects of each to tell the entire story.
Pastoral’s textiles are often associated with Shibui. Simply defined, this Japanese term refers to a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle and unobtrusive beauty. When creating value-base beauty, Pastoral has confronted the constraints of time and the notion of perfection. Each fabric is deliberately made to result in a one of a kind cloth that tells the story of place, labor and nature’s magnificence. By working methodically and consciously, Pastoral plays a role in the Slow Fashion Movement.
Pastoral textiles was developed from my time in the applied crafted and design MFA program. I continue to make work, design and develop workshops, and instruct under this project name and one day hope to produce small batch textiles.
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