The collection showcases Myfawnwy’s trademark marbled artwork transformed into pieces ranging from festival ready overalls with psychedelic floral print to the fuzzy sweater with chenille bear motif - a nod to Teddy Fresh’s namesake logo motif.
The collaboration saw Maisie post original artworks across the country to the Teddy Fresh studio where the pictures were scanned, collaged, and combined to create wearable art, fusing the worlds of streetwear and creativity. An important aspect of the collection was reducing the environmental impact the clothing has, creating pieces that are not only long-lasting and designed to be worn for years to come, but made from recycled materials wherever possible. With pieces such as the Fuzzy Bear Sweater being made from 100% recycled yarn, the crewneck, sweatpants, and tees are all made using recycled content.
Hi Teddy Team! It’s lovely to talk with you! I’ve always been passionate about making art and looked up to both my grandmothers and my mom who were talented artists and seamstresses. I grew up in the woods of Maine and we didn’t have much, but I was raised with the mentality that you can make something beautiful from nothing. I’ve been building my small business from scratch over the years, and had the chance to move to NYC when I did an art residency here. I’ve been working out of my studio in Queens for about 6 years now.
From an early age I have made art and things to sell, like greeting cards and stuffed animals as a kid, to hats and jewelry as a teenager. I knew I wanted my life to be centered around making art, and being able to support myself doing that would allow for me to really focus my time on all the ideas I have. My business naturally formed from experiments and projects I was doing over the years, and has been growing and solidifying from there.
Myfawnwy is my middle name! It is welsh and translates to “my rare one’. It is pronounced Miff-On-We. I chose it as my business name for a variety of reasons, my great grand-parents are from Wales so it’s a link to my ancestry, and it is also a nod towards the one-of-a-kind nature of my work.
Marbling is a technique where you float paint on a buoyant liquid, and then capture the paint on prepared fabric or paper. It is a messy, extremely fun and complicated process to work with. Oftentimes my art making is very intuitive and experimental. Other times it is more research based and I’ll design a whole collection around a certain concept. I draw inspiration from all sorts of places, the natural world, folk stories, ancient artifacts, emotions, humor, magic and the unknown, dreams and nightmares. I go camping alot and find that to be a very restorative and inspiring thing to do, get away from the city and just sleep under the stars and listen to the sounds of the forest.
I stumbled into marbling over a decade ago when I was in a deep exploratory phase with textile making. My marbling style has emerged over the years and now has a visual language of its own. I’ve always been a freak for color, and play with a lot of bright and vibrating color combinations. I work with alot of face imagery as well, which is part of an ongoing project that I call “Mixed Emotions”. Butterflies and flowers have been a recurring theme, and now aliens and angels are starting to make an appearance.
I love working for myself, and bringing in my creative community to work on projects with me. Having my own schedule and space to fully commit to my work is truly a gift. Every morning when I unlock my studio and every night when I lock it up again I blow it a kiss and say thank you.
I wanted to bring in themes of spring and growth, with snakes, flowers, animals and mushrooms. I wanted this collection to be vibrant, psychedelic, and have an element of fantasy and transformation. I really loved creating my own version of Teddy, with colorful sensitive tears running down it’s furry face. I think these pieces are bold, fun and the imagery is really special. I hope wearing them makes you feel amazing and brings you joy and confidence.
I love dressing up and putting outfits together, I also adore dancing and making playlists to listen to! I am very inspired by interior decorating and like to make special things for my apartment, like curtains, lights, mirrors and furniture. I try to keep myself on my toes by learning new things, and recently started needle felting. I’m hoping to learn some ceramic and glass blowing skills this year too.
I am dropping one of my biggest clothing collections yet at the end of May, a very stripey collection made entirely with hand marbled silk. I also have some new puzzles coming out soon with my favorite puzzle company, Le Puzz Puzzles, as well as an exciting phone case collection dropping with Castify later this month! You can sign up for my newsletter on my website www.myfawnwy.com to keep up with everything and be the first to know :)