Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Chantel Traub

"I put a lot of hours and thought into each piece," said Chantel Traub. "I feel they deserve a name as well."

"It kinda gives the viewer, the wearer, a view into what the painting and image is about."

Traub's collections of silkscreened and hand-painted clothes are little pictures of her world in a wearable format.

"Lately when I've been making things, I'm kind of imagining I'm travelling in my own city."

"You experience a lot more when you're travelling to a new city," said Traub. "And it's kind of a surreal experience."

With one piece titled 'Marienkirche' after a church in Germany where her friends were married, and another 'Ohi'a Blossom', inspired by a family trip to Hawaii, every article has a story.

"'Skyline' is my pièce de résistance."

'Skyline' was Traub's grad piece that took her months to do, with about 15 yards of silk to hand-paint.
Photo by Danielle Smerek(?)
"It probably takes about three days, if I compacted everything," said Traub about the work that goes into each piece.

"One dress was over fifty hours, but it usually takes a couple days to paint and then a day to sew."

After talking through the process of how each piece is made, and the differences between screening and painting, Traub says she doesn't really mess up anymore. 

"I have silkscreening down to a science, I'm super clean when I do it."

Unless it's after 1 a.m. she adds. "That's when bad things happen, I don't go past that time."

A recent grad of ACAD, and majoring in fibre, she is about to start working on her third collection, Fall 2012. Keeping the details about her Fall 2012 quiet until it's ready to show, all Traub is saying is that she will start working from a new perspective.

Her first collection didn't really have any cohesiveness to it, but she was really happy with each piece.

"I was actually amazed at all the feedback I got after Parkshow."

"An editor from Avenue magazine was there and wrote about my Stephen Ave skirt, which really helped out a ton, media wise."

Already a big hit in Calgary, Traub has no worries she will keep designing.

As an after thought, she mentioned that only about 2 per cent of graduates of a fine art program succeed in their field.

"I'm going to be in that per cent."

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