For this scarf design Erin took inspiration from a centuries old Korean tradition of wrapping objects with beautiful quilted textiles called pojagi. Historically, pojagi were often created by Korean women as colorful outlets for their creative energies and were utilized in a myriad of ways throughout daily life. Serving purposes as varied as a food warmer to a special wrapping for a marriage proposal, the pojagi is an iconic Korean motif. Any gift wrapped in a handmade pojagi was a symbol of respect for the gift and a symbol of affection and goodwill toward the recipient.
It is with these special cultural connotations in mind that Erin approached her Pojagi scarf design while applying her minimalist and modern aesthetic. In layering a considered colorway along with imperfect, hand drawn geometric elements, Erin employs her much loved signature surface design style to create a classic and sophisticated scarf.
Erin’s aesthetic vision, honed over years of experimentation and refinement, shines through in her Quality of Line scarf design. The loose, imperfect, sketch-like vibes drawn from her linework in this design result in a composition that is expressive while maintaining a modern simplicity. However, as we well know, what appears simple is not necessarily easy. Working within her self-prescribed constraints of using limited color and line, Erin challenges herself to think of constructing her designs in layers of texture building on each other. The resulting energy in her linework, combined with a richly feminine color palate, makes the Quality of Line scarf distinctly her own. This scarf embodies a feeling that is at once chic and beautifully handmade.
Erin Dollar is the designer and maker behind Cotton & Flax. Erin brings a simple, modern aesthetic vision to her business, approaching textile design as a blend of fine art and fine craft. After studying fine art printmaking at UC Santa Cruz, Erin continued her studio practice and produced artworks on paper in Portland, Oregon. She then began a series of experimental printmaking projects and spent two years refining her aesthetic vision and perfecting printing processes before founding Cotton & Flax in 2012.