To simply call Owen Sea Luckey, number 2 on your Shoreline ArtsTrail map, a “textile artist” is a funny understatement. She’ll tell you herself, “I’m an artist, mother, fabric designer, knitter, seamstress, freelance decorator, fabric junky, color collector and pattern/texture crazy.”
It’s that eclectic mix of interests and skills (and quirky elegance) that weave together to become the story of Luckey RE-DO, a whimsical line of re-imagined Womens sweaters and Tops. Working from a collection of recycled garments, Owen transforms the familiar into creative pieces of wearable art combining traditional craft techniques—knitting, felting, sewing, embroidery and collage. To see her in action check out her video on luckeyredo.com.
Each one-of-a-kind garment, enjoys unique embellishments: antique buttons & lace bits, accents of pattern, bursts of colorful, repurposed fabrics, hand-knit tendrilled collars,cuffs and drop-stitch lace.
If there is a whisper of familiar in the Luckey RE-DO line of garments, then perhaps you have been privy to Owen’s hand-knit originals which include hats, fingerless gloves, mittens, scarves, shawls and decorative collars. She works primarily with a Japanese, hand-dyed wool-silk-angora blended yarn, but also incorporates angora, mohair and cashmere.
The practical function of these pieces combined with their luxurious textures, unexpected colors and imaginative designs creates an air of artistic levity that is a signature of Owen’s work. To see for yourself, visit her website www.owensealuckey.com.
There is as much playful movement and bold statement in her creations as there is in her career that began with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and has included work as a corporate textile artist, an interior design consultant, a designer of custom, home textiles on the world market, and as an innovative artist creating an array of redesigned and hand-knit wearables.
In addition to participating as an artist on the Shoreline ArtsTrail, Luckey RE-DO is also a sponsor of the 2014 Open Studios Weekend.
Owen is once again sharing space with Kristin Merrill, and they are hosting Hannah Baldwins paintings this year, as well. Be sure to stop by the Luckey and Merrill Studio during Open Studios Weekend, November 22-23, 2014. For more information, visit www.shorelineartstrail.com.
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- by Jen Payne, Words by Jen